As 2011 came to a close President Obama decided to open a new chapter in his foreign policy. Museveni, president of Uganda asked Obama to send troops to aid in the capture and prosecution and/or elimination of Joseph Kony, head of the LRA, Lord’s Resistance Army. Obama assented to this request by sending 100 military advisers.
While this was happening Sam Okello, founder of Hope North, a school for former child-soldiers and orphans, many affected by the war between government forces and the LRA, was planning a trip to New York. We at Cause Effect Agency, sole U.S. fundraiser for Hope North, saw the opportunity for Okello to tell his story about how the LRA affected him personally. On Tuesday, October 25th, we arranged for Okello to be interviewed by ABC Australia on the radio news program PM with Mark Colvin.
Then in November we arranged a segment for Okello on The Brian Lehrer Show, the highest rated morning show on NPR NYC. Chris Talbott, founder of Cause Effect Agency joined him for the interview to highlight Cause Effect Agency’s work as Hope North’s sole U.S. fundraiser.
Chris Talbott and Okello also appeared on UN-TV’s Diplomatically Incorrect, an internet TV program that focuses on world affairs and international politics. On the show the two were joined by Bill Ayers, founder of WhyHunger, and Muhamed “Mo” Sacirbey. The four of them discussed the politics of Uganda and the general state of international aid in the present era of economic crisis.
Hope North is also an ongoing partner in the WhyHunger/Hard Rock campaign Imagine There’s No Hunger in collaboration with Yoko Ono.