Human rights groups don’t usually cheer military forays. But they have offered loud applause for the Obama administration’s decision to send 100 military advisers to help African nations fight the notorious rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Invisible Children has built a grassroots movement in the U.S. demanding more focus on the LRA. They welcomed President Obama’s offer to send in the special forces troops. But the military campaign worries Erin Baines, an assistant professor at the Liu Institute for global issues at UBC.
“A large proportion of the LRA itself are children who have been abducted from their homes,” Baines said. “So they are the front line of many of these battles and they are the first to be killed because they have the least knowledge of how to hide and protect and protect themselves.”