At the same time, the Sudanese ambassador reportedly stated that Sudan condemns the LRA and is committed to cooperating with the international community to end the group. If that is so, what is Khartoum afraid of?
In the village of Bangadi, in Congo's northeastern Orientale province, you don't have to look hard to see the impact that the vicious rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army -- the LRA -- has had on the community.
"As soon as I was abducted, the LRA taught us their language, Acholi, and told us their rules. We had to wash three times per day, prepare the food well for the fighters, keep their clothes clean, and if we tried to escape, we would be killed."
I love the groundswell of grassroots energy about the Kony 2012 video, but if you want to stop butchers like Kony all over the world, we need your attention and your activism every day that our international investments come under attack.
Kony 2012 has been viewed over 100 million times worldwide in the past 10 days. While the media storm rages, Catholic Relief Services is continuing the work we've been doing for decades in the regions of East and Central Africa.
We all must do our best to support any and all efforts to stop Kony and all misguided zealots and tyrants from terrorizing the innocent. But as long as humans continue to destroy each other, there must be support for survivors.
I believe there is no mission more urgent than to help children who are suffering and I applaud Invisible Children for raising the awareness of Kony. I urge them to embrace the opportunity before them and point advocates to where war and abducting children is still happening: Congo.
A refrain that is often repeated by Invisible Children's supporters is that the organization's goal is not to "get bogged down by history" but rather to "raise awareness" thus leading to "action." But what kind of action can come in Central Africa if one ignores the region's history?