#StopKony: efforts to end the LRA conflict must listen to local people
The #Kony2012 viral campaign has caused a media storm. In drawing the attention of ordinary global citizens – particularly young people – to this neglected war with the LRA it has succeeded where two decades of campaigning work have so far failed.
We urge that efforts to end the LRA conflict must listen to the opinions of local people.
The LRA conflict requires a holistic and coordinated response
Conciliation Resources has been working with local civil society organisations on the frontlines of the conflict since 1997. Local people have been calling consistently on the international community to help protect their families from attack and displacement but they struggle to make their voices heard.
The Stop Kony online campaign has been successful in bringing the LRA conflict to the attention of an audience who hadn't previously heard of Joseph Kony or the violence that's been terrorising people in East and Central Africa for decades.
The campaign calls for further military intervention but we urge a different approach.
We really question how any military intervention now will help to protect all these people against retaliation attacks from the LRA
Ernest Sugule Kangoyangala, civil society leader, DRC
We support the UN Security Council's call for a political strategy and agree with the US government's own conclusions that there can be no exclusively military solution to this deep rooted conflict.
Unfortunately, however, alternative strategies are not vigorously explored and pursued. There must be a political solution that promotes civilian security.
Civilian protection should be a priority
Find out more about what local organisations are saying about the conflict and how to support them to cope with the conflict:
Latest article from Nicolas Tillon and Ernest Sugule Kangoyangala: Beyond Kony 2012 (Congo Siasa blog)
- Learn about local opinions: "When will this end and what will it take?" People's Perspectives on the Lord's Resistance Army conflict. Also available as a six-page policy brief.
- Help women in need: Donate to support the work of our partner network ROFU (Réseau des Organisations de Femmes des Uélés), which helps women who have suffered due to LRA attacks – they're often ostracised by their families and communities as a result.
- Discover Kennedy Tumutegyereize's views on: What will it take to end the LRA conflict? (OpenDemocracy.net)