Young LRA Survivor Responds to Rush Limbaugh's Absurd Claims

Last week President Obama announced that he will be sending 100 US troops into central Africa to help track down Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a militant group that has been waging war on the Ugandan government since 1987. They are perhaps most famous for their recruitment kidnapping of children to fill out their army's ranks. The U.S. has somewhat secretly subsidized and 'advised' the Ugandan military in it's efforts against the LRA for years, so it's unclear why there's now the big move to stifle Kony. We're curious if it has anything to do with garnering a stronger hold for Africom - the Bush-era effort to suppress terrorist groups in the region, or as the US government rhetoric states: "Africom is the part of [the Bush administration's] strategy to support African leaders to deal with Africa's problems."

One thing is for sure, this situation is far more complex than any mainstream news analysis would have us believe. Some reports have over-simplified exoticized the motives of the LRA by calling the group "bush fighters in the middle of Africa," and "bloodthirsty." Awesomely, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh prefers to call them Christians. Yes, that's right. Check out an excerpt from a transcript of his show:

Lord's Resistance Army are Christians.  They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.  And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.  That's what the lingo means, "to help regional forces remove from the battlefield," meaning capture or kill.

It's suffice to say that no one misunderstands the situation with the LRA more than Limbaugh - who will clearly say anything to challenge the Obama Administration. (Although it's true that Kony believes himself to be the spokesperson of God.) In a video posted this morning (above), Evelyn Apoko, who was kidnapped by the LRA as a child and miraculously survived, sets the record straight for Limbaugh.

For more information on the Lord's Resistance Army, we suggest this article on the 'myths and realities' of the group. Read Apoko's full story here.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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