Clay Aiken – One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The World

Uganda is twice the size of Pennsylvania and is in East Africa. It is bordered on the west by Congo, on the north by the Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda. The country, which lies across the equator, is divided into three main areas-swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border.

In an effort to bring attention to the plight of children in northern Uganda, UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken traveled to the conflict affected region to witness the phenomenon of “night commuters,” children who trek from the countryside into slightly more secure towns and UNICEF supported shelters every night to avoid being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Clay was in Uganda from May 24-27, 2005.

In 2005, the conflict in northern Uganda had displaced approximately 1.4 million people — 80 per cent of them children and women — as the rebels (LRA) seeked to overthrow the Ugandan government. Each evening, the threat of LRA attacks and abductions drove over 40,000 child “night commuters” to leave their homes. An estimated 12,000 children have been abducted by the LRA in the conflict-affected districts since June 2002, to be forcibly recruited as child combatants and sex slaves.

Clay interacted with children who were abducted by LTA rebels and then visited the Pabbo IDP camp in Gulu on May 25.

Clay said:

“Northern Uganda is one of the most dangerous places in the world for children. Children are being forced to commit appalling acts of violence. Children are being killed and raped. It was all too clear that those living in the conflict-affected districts of Uganda deserve much more. The global community must act now with utmost urgency to put an end to these atrocities. No progress will be made until there is peace throughout the country.”

Comparing the situation in northern Uganda to the tsunami disaster that hit Asia at the end of last year, Aiken said the Ugandan situation is worse because of the continuous war. In the case of tsunami, he said, reconstruction is already underway.

On his role as UNICEF ambassador, Clay said,

“Everyone deserves the best start in life, which is what UNICEF is working to provide the world’s most vulnerable children with. Education is essential to a child’s development. I hope that as an ambassador, I can encourage people to join UNICEF’s mission to make education a reality for children throughout the world.”

Unfortunately, things have not changed dramatically during the last 8 years. Fortunately, the LRA is moving out of Uganda. However, it is moving to other neighboring countries. The following are some facts about the LRA and its founder, Joseph Kony:

1. The Lord’s Resistance Army has been found to physically disfigure victims, rape women, massacre villages, and abduct and force children to kill their own family members.

2. Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army are responsible for the displacement of up to 2 million people since beginning their rebellion.

3. Joseph Kony was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005, charged on 33 counts, including 12 of crimes against humanity.

4. Joseph Kony is one of the World’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, according to Forbes.

5. In 2011 the United States of America supplied 100 US troops to assist in the hunt for Joseph Kony.

6. It is estimated that Joseph Kony has up to 100 wives and over 50 children.

7. In January, 2014, Mr Kony claimed the LRA’s mission is to install a government in Uganda based on the Biblical Ten Commandments.

The following is a video of Clay’s trip to Uganda.

 

I am so proud of Clay Aiken who has been making a difference in the world for many years.

I wish every person in District 2 of North Carolina could see what an amazing man they have in Candidate Aiken!

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Comments

  1. I hope they see what Clay has done over the years with his work with children.We are so expremely proud of him and I KNOW he will make a good Congressman! My heart bursts with pride!!

  2. I have always been so proud of Clay and his work with UNICEF. I remember a television special about the night commuters that Clay took part in. I would love to be able to see that again, but I can't find it anywhere. I am not sure of the title.

  3. The photo of Clay holding a child in the air has always reminded me that his greatest talent is lifting up those who need encouragement and assistance whether it is simply giving us the opportunity to laugh and enjoy a concert that helps us relax and get away from our every day problems or children enmeshed in life-threatening events. Edifying others is Clay’s intention in life, and I hope his gift will change the tides of Congress, exchanging self-promotion for selflessness for the good of our country as well as populations around the world.

  4. Clay is a beautiful caring man, so proud of him, hope he makes it to congress! Thanks Musicfan

  5. Clay Aiken is an amazing man. He has already done so much for the world and continues to make a difference.

    I enjoyed reading this article. I learned a lot about what is going on in that area of Africa. Thank you!

  6. clay aiken is a verry amazing man he has already done so much for the world and he continues to make a difference i hope that clay knows this and makes it to congress thanks music fan

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