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How You Can Put An End to LRA Violence

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How You Can Put An End to LRA Violence

Posted by Lindsay McClain on April 1, 2009

How You Can Put An End to LRA Violence

Last night’s Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit episode on the Lord’s Resistance Army focused much needed attention on the brutality of child soldiering and sexual slavery in Africa’s Great Lakes region. At Enough, we are very pleased that NBC chose to spotlight such an important, but often overlooked, issue. Thousands of children like SVU’s Miriam and Elijah need your voice to put an end to Africa’s longest running insurgency. Here are three ways you can take action right now.

  1. CALL the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region who will work to end the campaign of violence against civilians by the LRA.
  2. CALL your Senator or Representative today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to join the African Great Lakes Caucus to consolidate and build on Congressional efforts to support lasting peace in the region.
  3. VISIT Enough’s LRA special page to learn more about the conflict and read Enough’s publications on the LRA in Uganda and the DRC.

The SVU episode closed with a poignant scene between Christopher Meloni’s character, Det. Elliot Stabler, and a priest.

Meloni asks, "What’s the answer, father?" to which the priest responds, "To tell Elijah’s story… and pray someone listens."  Share the stories of LRA survivors and take action to end the violence today.