Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Children sold on the slave market? Sudanese planes deliver arms and supplies to LRA outposts?

HERE is a shocking story, if true:
Sudanese planes have been spotted delivering arms and supplies to LRA outposts. A witness reported watching a plane full of weapons being unloaded, after which children were brought out of the bush and put on the plane. Presumably the children were flown back to northern Sudan to be sold on the slave market.

After the LRA attacked a Central African village in Obo, they took three hundred children. I spoke to a UN rep who described the silence of the childless village, interrupted by the sound of weeping parents.
The full story is here below.

Khartoum Regime Hosts the World's Most Barbaric Militia: The Lord's Resistance Army
From The Huffington Post
By Mia Farrow, Saturday, 13 March 2010
It is common knowledge that, despite their denials, the Sudanese government has long provided material support to the world's most stunningly brutal militia, the Lord's Resistance Army ( LRA).

The LRA is Ugandan cult army without any current political agenda. It was founded by Joseph Kony in the 1980s. Since then Kony and his followers have been moving through deepest brush in Uganda, Congo, south Sudan and CAR, emerging only to plunder villages and to murder, rape, abduct and mutilate people. They abduct children to use as sex slaves, porters and to replenish their fighting forces.

Sudanese planes have been spotted delivering arms and supplies to LRA outposts. A witness reported watching a plane full of weapons being unloaded, after which children were brought out of the bush and put on the plane. Presumably the children were flown back to northern Sudan to be sold on the slave market.

After the LRA attacked a Central African village in Obo, they took three hundred children. I spoke to a UN rep who described the silence of the childless village, interrupted by the sound of weeping parents.

In the 1990s and early 2000s the LRA served as a proxy army for the Sudanese government in its war against south Sudan -- just as that same regime would later work in tandem with the marauding Janjaweed militia.

In the past year alone the LRA have killed thousands and sent almost a half a million traumatized people fleeing from their homes. The militia has now moved into south Darfur -- an area controlled by the Sudanese Government.

LRA leader Joseph Kony and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir have a thing or two in common. Both are wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Ugandan Army has pursued and killed some members of the LRA, but in Sudan they have been offered a safe haven by their patron, Omer al-Bashir.
Click here to read comments, 112 so far. Here is my favourite, posted 16 March 2010 by bones 1955:
I was traveling through Italy a few years ago and saw a program by BBC regarding how the money we send these nations is actually used. I remember asking if this program aired in the US, there would be extreme outrage from everyone. Stop throwing cash, weapons at the issues in Africa. We need to change our perception and approach. These countries are ravaged by AIDS, extreme poverty, lack of potable water, no education, no health care, incredible changes in environment. Sorry Mia, this article left me wanting much more than sending an army to halt Joseph Kony. Please visit www.invisiblechildren.com.
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