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Vol 53 No 8

Published 13th April 2012


The LRA is down but not out

Small bands of the Lord’s Resistance Army are going into eastern Congo and employing new methods to terrorise local people

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fighters have left Central African Republic for Garamba, in Orientale Province in north-eastern Congo-Kinshasa. They are now concentrating on theft and looting rather than gratuitous violence and mass abductions. The United States has deployed a special forces unit against them and the African Union is readying its own force, launched in March. Joseph Kony and his army face growing international pressure, so the change of tactic may be temporary. The effective but bizarre KONY 2012 social media campaign by the US organisation Invisible Children has given Kony global anti-celebrity status.

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