We call on you as our elected officials to intensify your political engagement to bring a negotiated resolution to one of Africa's longest running civil wars: Northern Uganda.
We believe that now is the time for the U.S. Government to act. We believe that the U.S. can make a difference in the lives of close to 2 million people in Northern Uganda.
The peace talks in Juba are the best opportunity in over a decade to end this war. U.S. diplomatic and logistical support is crucial.
There must be a peaceful resolution to the conflict:
- A non-military resolution to this crisis is the only lasting solution. There must be sustained efforts to seek a peaceful end to the conflict
- The U.S. should be persistent in pushing the Government of Uganda to negotiate an end to the fighting, begin a process of national reconciliation, and address the underlying grievances of the people of Northern Uganda
There must be increased cooperation from neighboring countries:
- This conflict is not just an internal problem of Uganda but has dangerous spillover consequences throughout this region. Uganda's neighbors must prevent and stop LRA activities.
- Armed incursions and LRA rebel bases in south Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo must be stopped from increasing threats to stability in this volatile region of Africa.
There must be increased humanitarian aid to displaced populations:
- Uninterrupted, ample, and coordinated humanitarian assistance is vital. The U.S. Government must increase its aid to one of the worst human crises in the world and invest in the future of the people of Northern Uganda through reconciliation.
- Humanitarian aid must address loss of livelihoods, lack of land access, voluntary return to villages, and decreasing dependency on external aid for displaced persons.