FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JUNE 15, 2010
“LRA Affected Region Applauds Obama For Signing LRA Bill Into Law”
On May 24th, President Obama signed into law the “Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 (S.1067/HR 2478)” committing the U.S. to develop a plan within 180 days to disarm the LRA and to provide support to recovery and transitional justice initiatives in Uganda and other LRA affected regions.
“The potential of this historic legislation to support efforts to achieve sustainable peace, reconciliation, and meeting humanitarian needs in LRA affected regions cannot be understated and communicates that we are not forgotten,” says the letter.
ARLPI is encouraging all those who have been affected by the conflict to speak up and have their voices heard to ensure that the plan developed by the Obama administration reflects the needs of those on the ground and has called for the U.S. to consult “regional CSO’s, NGO’s as well as grassroots leaders and their communities about the best way forward” so that a long lasting solution be achieved without undue harm to the civilian population.
“Regardless of an individual or organizational stance regarding what action should be taken, we believe all should speak up as this is an important time in history and need to influence the plan that will directly affect the lives of those in the LRA affected areas,” said ARLPI’s Information, Research & Documentation Officer, Wade George Snowdon.
Believing that it is the only way to bring a lasting solution that will foster healing and reconciliation in the region, the letter also urges President Obama to “prioritize and creatively explore non-violent actions to resolving the conflict.”
ARLPI is an interfaith peacebuilding and conflict transformation organization made up of Anglican, Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox religious leaders from the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda which started in 1998 as a proactive response to ending the LRA conflict.Open Letter To U.S. President Obama