|Responding to Kony 2012: AVSI looks at years of education and recovery in Uganda|
As the news around the world is still buzzing about the video "Kony 2012", we would like to provide another perspective, of what we see as the real drama in Uganda today: the ongoing recovery and life of a people who has suffered great conflict, but is now free. And so we look through the eyes of our AVSI collaborators in Uganda, who have been working, alongside many other noble organizations in Uganda, since 2006 to help former child soldiers recover from the horrific experience and enter again into society. For the 6 years AVSI has been committed to these children, along with the families and communities to which they are tied, giving priority to accompanying and educating them over 'seeking for justice', for as Uganda Country Representative John Makoha says "From my point of view, Kony is an example of the fact that if we do not work to support the humanity of these people, in the future we can expect the arrival of a new Kony."
From the personal experience of our staff and colalborators, we share with you:
Her moving speech was presented during an international seminar hosted by AVSI at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Filled with stories regarding the overall recovery of society in Northern Uganda, the book portrays the constructive engagement of AVSI in the daily context without forgetting that behind data and statistics, there are real people.
For IlSussidiario.net by Pietro Vernizzi
"Since 2006, Uganda has been experiencing a period of relative peace. Today the most pressing problem is not capturing Joseph Kony, but helping the 2 million former refugees to return to their homes to lead a normal life, get a decent salary and to provide an education for their children. Without someone to take care of these people, even if the ferocious “Lord of War” is brought to justice, a new Kony would soon take his place in Uganda". This is the comment by John Makoha, the director of AVSI Uganda, on the video "Kony 2012" on YouTube, which has already been seen by 70 million users worldwide. It is a half-hour movie, made by the non-profit organization "Invisible Children", of which the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, has spoken in glowing terms: “America will continue to fight against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)", Kony’s military that forces child soldiers to fight, armed with Kalashnikovs.
There were over 20 thousand children abducted, in addition to the many others involved in the conflict in different ways. Today however, many of them have returned to their daily life like other children, and they share the same needs: education; drinking water; means of livelihood; a source of income for their families. Thus, AVSI is supporting communities to build their homes and have access to drinking water. We have helped local governments to properly organize the health system, but at the same time there is a need to create sources of income. The families of former refugees must find a way to earn something to meet their many needs, and that is what AVSI focuses on. From my point of view, Kony is an example of the fact that if we do not work to support the humanity of these people, in the future we can expect the arrival of a new Kony. It is therefore much more important to take care of people because this is how you can create an environment where peace is sustainable.