By Joel Kibazo, a media consultant and former director of communications at the Commonwealth Secretariat (THE GUARDIAN, 13/01/07):
I am not an anxious sort, but walking into a screening of The Last King of Scotland, I feared the worst. Almost every time Idi Amin’s name is mentioned in this country, it evokes one of two memories. To some, it is the expulsion of Uganda’s Asian community in 1972 that forced thousands into exile in Britain. To others, though, it is Amin the figure of fun, of bizarre antics and buffoonery. Was this film going to follow the same pattern?
For most Africans who lived through the years of brutality and terror as family and friends were murdered, tortured, or simply fed to the crocodiles in the river Nile, there has never been anything amusing about Amin.… Seguir leyendo »
By John Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina and the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, traveled to Uganda recently with the International Rescue Committee (THE WASHINGTON POST, 31/10/06):
At a moment of tremendous global hardship — from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the killing fields of Darfur — it is rare to find hope. So when there is the possibility for peace, we must seize it. That’s why one of the world’s great tragedies, the conflict in Northern Uganda, deserves our attention.
It is perhaps the worst humanitarian catastrophe to have gone practically unnoticed by most of the world.… Seguir leyendo »
By Jessie Stone, a medical doctor, is the founder and director of Soft Power Health, a nonprofit organization in Uganda (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22/09/06):
TO many of us in the malaria-control business, it came as no great surprise last week when the World Health Organization recommended wider use of DDT in Africa to combat the mosquitoes that cause the disease, which kills more than a million people a year, most of them children in Africa.
The W.H.O.’s endorsement of DDT for spraying inside houses has the support of Congress and the Bush administration. With the W.H.O.’s encouragement, several African nations have approved DDT for use in indoor residual spraying (that is, spraying the walls of huts to kill the mosquitoes that wait there until dark).… Seguir leyendo »
By Helen Mirren (THE TIMES, 26/08/06):
AS THE WORLD struggles to bring peace to Lebanon, away from the headlines another conflict is balanced on a knife-edge between peace and war. Northern Uganda may get less media coverage than the Middle East, but the suffering there is no less acute. Millions have been driven from their homes; thousands have been killed. Since the war began, more than 25,000 children have been kidnapped by the brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and forced to fight.
As I write, peace is a real possibility in northern Uganda. For the last month, the LRA and the Ugandan Government have been in talks aimed at ending the 20-year war that has forced almost two million people to live in camps, vulnerable to disease and unable to feed themselves.… Seguir leyendo »
Por Olara Otunnu, antiguo subsecretario general de Naciones Unidas y representante especial para los niños y los conflictos armados. Es presidente de LBL Foundation for Children y miembro del consejo administrativo de Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Foreign Policy Edición Española, JUL/06):
No lejos de Darfur se gesta otra catástrofe humana. El Gobierno de Uganda, presentado en su momento como modelo de reforma en África, está acabando sistemáticamente con un pueblo sin que el mundo haya hecho hasta ahora nada por evitarlo.
El interés por los desastres humanos en tierras remotas es limitado. Normalmente, una crisis es más que suficiente para cubrir la cuota.… Seguir leyendo »