Friday, April 27, 2007

National Protest for Ugandan Refugees

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 3:42 PM

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At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the non-profit organization Invisible Children is hosting a nationwide event to demand talks with the United States to end the war in Northern Uganda. There are an estimated 1.5 million displaced Ugandans living in refugee camps. About 1,700 Kansas Citians have signed up to attend the event at Kaw Point Riverfront Park (1 River City Drive, Kansas City, Kansas).

According to Reuters, talks resumed today between the government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), but the current framework for ending the process may not be adequate to end the humanitarian crisis. This isn’t just a “hey-hey, ho-ho” protest situation; it might actually be a useful exercise. Peace talks, and diplomacy in general, probably don’t just occur to President Bush. It’s possible that he’ll vaguely overhear something on the radio, smack his forehead, and launch some of those shuttle diplomats they used to have on the government payroll.

For more information, click here. -- Chris Packham

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