On his radio show Friday, Rush Limbaugh came to the defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a notoriously savage group that is believed to have committed an extraordinary number of human rights violations since it was created in 1987.
In criticizing President Obama for announcing he would send 100 U.S. troops to Uganda to help fight the LRA, Limbaugh told his listeners that Obama had sent them to “kill Christians in Africa.”
Now, a survivor of atrocities committed by the LRA has recorded a video appeal to Limbaugh in response.
Twenty-two-year-old Evelyn Apoko was a child when the LRA grabbed her from her home and enslaved her. She was one of an estimated 66,000 children who have met that fate at the hands of the militant group, led by Joseph Kony.
Unlike many of the captured children, however, Apoko managed to escape. In her appeal to Limbaugh, she says that the LRA were known for “brainwashing children and murdering innocent people... The LRA is not Christian.”
Limbaugh has also come under fire in recent weeks for his contention that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a “construct of the media-Democrat complex, industrial complex.” Limbaugh alleges that Obama and journalists such as Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone Magazine are behind the protests.
Taibbi has responded to Limbaugh’s theory on his blog by calling it “ludicrous,” and saying the media “didn’t invent four million people in foreclosure... ten trillion dollars in bailouts... [or] Wall Street’s $160 billion bonus pool the year after the crash of its own creation.”
The conservative host has so far not responded to Taibbi or the video message from Apoko.