7 excellent books about Kony and the LRA

Seven books to better inform about Kony, the LRA, and Uganda.

6. 'Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda,' by Adam Branch

This book provides a pessimistic, but much needed, critique of the history of foreign intervention in Northern Uganda. While it may not convince readers that intervention is the wrong answer to the problem, it at least establishes why it is a contested and controversial one. In fact, the author argues, intervention has sometimes worsened the conflict and harmed Ugandans. Critical perspectives like the one offered in this book serve to balance the more one-dimensional approach offered by Invisible Children. Responsible discussions of foreign policy must consider the ways in which "great power politics" can hurt people in the name of protection; this book is an excellent place to start that discussion.

Buy the book here.

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