Olara Otunnu speaks to KPFA Radio and AfrobeatRadio.net
|Olara Otunnu, presidential candidate of the Ugandan |
Peoples' Congress, and former UN Undersecretary-General
and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
On New Year's Eve, I spoke to Olara Otunnu for KPFA News about children in armed conflict regions, as the holiday season closed.
Olara is a Ugandan lawyer and human rights advocate, who served as President of the International Peace Academy from 1990-1998, as UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict from 1997 to 2005, then as President of the LBL Foundation for Children based in New York City.
|Acholiland, the homeland of the Acholi|
people in Northern Uganda. Acholi
also live in Southern Sudan.
This is the complete conversation, not only about children in armed conflict regions, but also about Uganda, Uganda's war and occupation in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, and U.S. backing for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni even as he made war on Congo and on Olara's own Acholi people of Northern Uganda.
http://www.anngarrison.com/images/mp3s/olaraafrobeat2.mp3 (Audio link.)
Acholi children in an Internally Displaced Persons
(IDP) camp in Kitgum, in Northern Uganda.
"They think that a refugee camp is home." -Olara Otunnu