Stop the LRA
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We the undersigned petition the UK Prime Minister to take a leading role in finding a peaceful solution to the humanitarian crisis in Central East Africa caused by the rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army.
The LRA is responsible for a devastating but neglected humanitarian crisis in Central East Africa that has spanned almost a quarter of a century. Originally from Northern Uganda, the group is now splintered across three countries - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. The LRA is mainly formed of children who have been abducted from their families and forced to become brutal fighters and sex slaves. The rebels target civilians, mutilating and killing on a large scale, destroying villages and economies, and causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for LRA leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders, but regional and international leaders have failed to arrest him. If Kony and the LRA remain active they will continue to abduct children and massacre civilians, as well as threaten the elections taking place in 2011 in both Uganda and Sudan - causing further instability to an already fractured region.
The UK currently invests hundreds of millions of pounds in development aid to the region - all this is in vain if the conflict continues and we fail to bring stability to the region.
As the US has begun to formulate a strategy to apprehend the LRA's leaders and bring the rebel group's atrocities to an end, now is the perfect time for the UK to act. People from the affected regions are calling for a non-military solution to the conflict, and through its strong ties with the region the UK can help promote the use of dialogue to find a peaceful end to the conflict.
We are urging the UK to use its international influence and voice within organisations such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to take a leading role in developing strategy to stop the LRA and secure stability in Central East Africa.
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International Refugee Trust Resolution:Possible
Tuesday 21st September, Londoners to take part in the Barefoot Peace Walk to raise awareness about the LRA.
International Refugee Trust, a charity working with refugees affected by the LRA
Resolution:Possible, a group campaigning for a peaceful end to the LRA