One day in April 2011, about 70 villagers from a maize-growing community in the Amuria district of northeastern Uganda gathered in a dusty yard surrounded by thatched huts. They came to hear a young man confess to the crimes he had committed there and in a neighboring community in 2004. Back then, he was a member of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that terrorized northern Uganda from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s.
He wore a plain white T-shirt. Standing with a local elder at his side, he described committing two murders and one rape and burning down a hut.… Seguir leyendo »
Two recent events highlight the scourge of rebel leaders in Central Africa who use child soldiers to commit atrocities — the Kony2012 Internet campaign by the advocacy group, Invisible Children, which supports U.S.-led military action against the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, and the International Criminal Court’s guilty verdict against the warlord Thomas Lubanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Accompanying these developments has been widespread praise for two of the international community’s preferred means of ending mass conflict — military intervention and international justice.
Largely overlooked, however, is the fact that, in pursuing rebel leaders in central Africa, the United States and the I.C.C.… Seguir leyendo »