The head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, has jumped into the spotlight thanks to a 30 minute video by the American advocacy group Invisible Children. The video’s gone viral, with more than 30 million views in the last two days, and has sparked a debate about the West’s role in Africa.
Uganda desperately needs surgeons. In a country of 32 million people, there are only about a hundred specialist surgeons. As a result, accident victims with critical injuries must sometimes wait weeks or months for operations.
Every Thursday on Global Activism, we hear from a local individual who works to make the world a better place.Ahabwe Michael is executive director of the ICOD Action Network, based in the Lyantonde district of southwestern Uganda.
Last week, President Obama authorized the deployment of about 100 special forces troops to Uganda and neighboring countries to help target senior leaders in the Lord’s Resistance Army, including Joseph Kony himself.
In August 1972, the dictator Idi Amin announced that all Asians in Uganda had 90 days to leave the country. Amin claimed to have had a dream in which God ordered the expulsion.The British Empire brought Indians to sub-Saharan Africa to do clerical work.
Last month in Lagos, statesmen, political scientists, lawyers and civil society groups gathered at a conference to examine the current state of Nigerian politics and to honor Northwestern University professor Richard Joseph for his landmark book Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria: The F