News :: Leading aid charity SLAMS UN 4 its failure to act in Uganda. Where are we?
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By Daniel Wallis
KAMPALA, May 11 (Reuters) - The United Nations has failed again to act decisively to end war in northern Uganda, despite being briefed on "intolerable" humanitarian conditions in the troubled region, British aid agency Oxfam said on Wednesday.
Violence has increased in the north since government negotiations with rebels stalled in February. Aid agencies working in Uganda have long called on the Security Council to put pressure on both sides to restart the talks.
On Tuesday, U.N. aid chief Jan Egeland briefed council members on the conflict, which pits government troops against rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and has forced 1.6 million people from their homes.
Emma Naylor, Oxfam's country manager in Uganda, said she was disappointed that after the meeting the Security Council -- which has never issued a resolution on the north -- agreed only to encourage both sides "informally" to return to talks.
"Nearly two decades of horrific human suffering have passed, and the security situation is getting worse, not better. Atrocities against civilians are increasing, as well as abductions of children in Uganda and Southern Sudan," she said in a statement.
"Yet the Security Council have once again failed to take any concrete steps in support of a peace process. We would have at least expected a presidential statement urging both sides to restart peace talks and setting out what future measures the council will take."
Oxfam has called on the U.N. to ensure the protection of civilians and to urge Uganda's government and rebels to call a new ceasefire and recommit to fresh peace talks.
Fighting intensified after landmark talks -- including the first face-to-face meeting between government and rebels for a decade -- stalled in February with the surrender of the LRA's top negotiator.
Uganda's military says it killed 84 LRA fighters last month alone, and the rebels have stepped up attacks on refugee camps, shooting and hacking their victims to death.
Ugandan commentators say the government would prefer a military victory over the rebels, but its helicopter gunships have been unable to stamp out small groups of fighters moving swiftly on foot through thick forests and rolling grasslands.
Joseph Kony, the LRA's self-styled prophet leader, is believed to be hiding in lawless southern Sudan with some of the thousands of children kidnapped by his cult-like group to serve as fighters and "wives".
His movement, which Egeland said was possibly the world's most brutal, has never spelled out a clear list of demands.
"Week by week the security situation is getting worse and hundreds of thousands of people cannot even sleep safely in their own homes," Naylor said.
"But the Security Council has never done more than offering a few words of sympathy. We are wondering just how bad it has to get before they will actually take action."
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And this is not an isoaldted case, the same goes for Darfur in the Sudan, Zimbabwe and to a lesser extent the DRC. Months ago Britain said that it coulld send an entire brigade to Darfur but nothing so far. We don't even have to send the troops in right away, some leadership and pressrue on a diplomatic/political elvel worth a damn would be a start. We could threaten to send in the troops, make very public preparations as another form of pressure. If that all fails it might well be time for intervention. And that's only Africa.
I did support Britain's invovlement in the Iraq conflict but sometimes i do wonder if we would ahve been mroe pro-active in these cases if it had not taken place; then i tell myself that regardless we have the capability to do something, there is the capacity and all that is requried is the will. When i was in.....oh i dunno Year 9 or 10 at Secondary School a teacher one morning spole to us in assembly about "child soldiers" most put monry in a collection bucket for a charity. That was a few years ago now, enough thtat that teacher should be considering an assembly taling of the improvments made, however he could easily still be walking up onto the stage speaking the same words he said to me for a whole new generation. Do you know that each night in just one city in Uganda, ten to fifteen thousand children will walk in from the countryside to sleep on the streets, and why? So they are not abducted and forced to fight, it is one thing choosing to fight for a cause but being forced is something else completely.
Where is the leadership and responsibility of the colonial powers? Where is the integrity of a UN Security Council which which rarely acts in the way it ame suggests, security, HA.
One UN department will speak in clear and short logical sentences to another, yet tey reach conclusions as far apart as the two poles. Or they agree and beleive tame words alone will solve the problem.
I will now ask a question that could go down in history for a football team here in England [Norwich City]......WHERE ARE YOU!!! COME ON!!! LET'S BE HAVIN YOU!!!
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