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Rush Limbaugh wrong about 'inhuman' LRA, says victim


Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing US radio talk show host, has been criticized for describing the Lord's Resistance Army as nothing more than "Christian freedom fighters". THE TELEGRAPH   Limbaugh  earlier  this  month  criticized  President  Barack  Obama  for  targeting  the  group  in  Uganda.  The  US  president   sent  US  military  trainers  to  the  country  to  help  shut  down  the  group.       According  to  a  transcript  from  his  radio  show,  Limbaugh  said:  "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."     In  response  to  his  attack,  Evelyn  Apoko,  a  22-­‐year-­‐old  who  was  mutilated  by  the  LRA  10  years  ago  when  guerrillas   snatched  her  from  a  community  centre  near  her  home  in  Gulu  district,  Uganda,  has  spoken  of  her  three-­‐year  ordeal.       After  the  brutal  treatment,  where  she  was  used  as  a  "human  mule",  walking  through  day  and  night  carrying  things,  she   was  flown  to  Texas  where  doctors  reconstructed  her  jaw,  removed  scars  and  helped  rebuild  her  face.       She  escaped  the  LRA  in  2004  and  was  flown  to  the  US  the  following  year.       "Dear  Mr.  Limbaugh,"  Miss  Apoko  responded  in  a  video  message,  "My  name  is  Evelyn.  I  am  a  former  abducted  child.   My  heart  breaks  when  I  hear  your  message  about  the  LRA."       She  continues:  "The  LRA  is  not  Christian,"  she  told  the  talk  show  host.  "Joseph  Kony  and  his  commanders  could  hardly   be  considered  human."       The  Lord's  Resistance  Army  began  waging  war  in  northern  Uganda  in  1988.  It  stands  accused  of  gross  human  rights   abuses  over  the  course  of  two  decades.       Since  2008  Washington  has  provided  more  than  £25  million  in  logistical  support,  equipment  and  training  to  "enhance   counter-­‐LRA  operations"  by  armies  in  the  region,  a  spokesman  for  the  State  Department  said.  A  year  ago,  Mr  Obama   unveiled  a  plan  to  disarm  the  LRA  and  increase  humanitarian  access  to  affected  communities.       But  these  efforts  have  failed  to  tame  LRA  rebels,  who  are  accused  of  terrorizing,  murdering,  raping  and  kidnapping   thousands  of  people  in  four  nations.       Its  leader  Joseph  Kony,  accused  of  war  crimes  and  wanted  by  the  International  Criminal  Court,  has  dropped  any   national  political  agenda  and  in  recent  years  his  marauding  troops  have  sown  death  and  destruction  in  the  region.       Heading  a  movement  based  on  a  mix  of  religion  and  brutality,  Kony  a  self-­‐styled  mystic  and  religious  prophet,  claims  to   be  fighting  on  divine  orders  to  establish  theocratic  rule  based  on  the  Biblical  Ten  Commandments.    

================================================================================   DIRECTIONS:        Imagine  you  are  the  teacher  wanting  to  educate  your  students  on  this  topic.       1-­‐  Write  down  FOUR  questions  you  could  ask  them  to  help  them  understand  the  KEY  POINTS  in  this   article.     2-­‐  Answer  each  of  these  questions.      




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