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Ann Garrison talks to Uganda’s Olara Otunu

2 January 2011 2 January 2011 Tags: 3 Comments Print This Post Print This Post

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.

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.


  • Ben said:

    Fantastic interview with Ambassador Olara Otunnu by Ann Garrison! Prospective leaders like Ambassador Otunnu should be supported more by Western governments to give directives and move Sub-Saharan Africa towards a long lasting peace and democracy.

  • Palmer said:

    Ambassador Olara Otunnu is a well educated leader that Africa need and should invest in. Some of us are tired to seeing the negative image of Africa that is portrayed on western television or media. I think Ugandans deserve a leader that will help them to reconcile their differences and help them to work towards everlasting peace. Based on our historical civilization and development and why Africa is in crisis, I think the West have a lot of reflection to do on where they would like their resources invested, which is simple, blood or human rights!

  • anyadwe said:

    Otunnu will never be backed by western governments precisely because he would be a great leader. Isn't it obvious that the west backs self-serving despots (like Museveni) because we can manipulate them? I have no doubt that Otunnu would act in Uganda's best interests rather than his personal ones; therefore he is of no use to the west as we continue to rape and pillage Afrika for oil and other resources.

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