The event is aimed at highlighting the abject indifference of the West to the ongoing death of millions in that region of Africa [Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda]. The concerned spectacle is to be organised on Saturday September 14th, 2013.
Iain Steward raises interesting points and also advances some criticisms. For example, he wonders the reason the note about the event points particularly at the Ugandan President Joweri Museveni and not Idi Amin.
Three understandable reasons:
- both political leaders are dictators each with their own personal signatures in their atrocities and ways of leading Uganda; but Museveni stamp is very unique and terribly violent and inhumane;
- there is a period span the narrative of the event to be presented to the London public would not want to go beyond; there is also the scope and scale of atrocities committed by the Ugandan President which are comparatively enormous;
- current crimes are covering many countries but they are also being committed by the same actors including the Ugandan President
Iain Steward also argues that the event/protest would get better response if it was no so political from an African perspective. I am not sure if this does imply the usual fact that people don’t generally like politics, or that it is not in the Africans’ interests to become political because there are other instances that look after them politically? I hope there was no such intention as patronizing underlining his thoughts at this particular aspect.
Probably I did not get at the bottom of his line of thinking. What is certain is that if Africans cannot stand on their feet and defend their interests in the best of their abilities, believe me, nobody will do that on their behalf, and this as history and everyday events do not cease to demonstrate.
In the same note/comment the author continues by saying that the Ugandan President is blamed for everything. We are of the view that he is a very central element in the tragedy of the Great Lakes region since 1981, the year he entered the bush aiming to rule Uganda. Other actors, and with time, particularly external allies who are interested in the Congolese mineral resources have only leveraged his ruthlessness and violent tactics to get what they wanted.
Iain Stewart is obviously supportive of the overall idea of waking up the West to its responsibilities in what is going on elsewhere, sometime in the names of its citizens. There would probably be a win/win situation where victims would be less victimized, and people from countries allied to the Museveni. Kagame and Kabila regimes would be less seen as accomplices of atrocities committed thousands of miles away unknowingly or of which the story if twisted by the mainstream media to fool the general public.
How to get involved
We ask you [if you are in London or can travel there] 40 minutes of your time to support the millions of Congolese, Rwandans, Ugandans and Burundians whose leaders are responsible of their death with different levels of responsibilities. Given the significance of the initiative, we ask people who intend to get involved only to register on the facebook event page – [please type DYING IN THE GREAT LAKES on your facebook page] if they are effectively committed. Honoring our dead requires some seriousness in our commitment.
Thank you in advance if you plan to get involved.