Evelyn Apoko, a survivor of atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), recorded a video appeal to Limbaugh. Wikipedia’s ever growing entry on the LRA shows that the LRA is a Christian militant group located in Uganda, Africa. The LRA has been fighting against the Ugandan government since the late 1980s. It has about 1,000 members and perhaps 10,000 children soldiers who, like Apoko above, were kidnapped.
Every measurable sector in Uganda is severely impacted by climate change. From population health to water availability to drought to agriculture, the entire country is practically a natural disaster zone. Adam Corner, blogger at Hidden Heat: Climate Change in Uganda, recently wrote that climate change is “The biggest unreported story of our times.”
I could go on. But, look. Courageous people like Apoko are needed in Uganda. And building capacity to transition to a functioning society sometimes, like it or not, depends upon external forces. Obama, supported by both Congress and the Senate, knows this and acted. It’ll be interesting to see if Limbaugh responds to Apoko.
“Now 22 years old, Evelyn is still undergoing medical care to repair the damage done to her during her time as an abducted child with the LRA. Her latest surgery was documented for the television series “FACING TRAUMA”, which will air this fall on both OWN and Discovery Health. Her own career goal is to become a documentary filmmaker and to tell the stories of other young people caught in conflicts across the world.
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