Amnesty: CAR a human rights 'black hole'

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Central African Republic is awash with local and foreign militias that pose a grave threat to the civilian population, Amnesty International said.

Kenya, Uganda snared in battle for Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Five years after Ethiopia invaded Somalia, Kenya has sent troops into its lawless neighbor with a similar objective: setting up a buffer zone to block Somalia's jihadists.

Obama sending military advisers to Africa

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama said Friday he is sending military advisers to central Africa to help regional troops fighting a sectarian rebel group.

LRA leader freed in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A commander in the Lord Resistance Army charged with murder "is off the hook" because of Uganda's amnesty laws, his lawyer said.
U.S. lawmakers want more pressure on Sudan

U.S. lawmakers want more pressure on Sudan

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Washington needs to verify Khartoum isn't backing the Lord's Resistance Army before Sudan is removed from the state sponsor of terrorism list, lawmakers said.

4 countries to move against Ugandan rebels

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Uganda plan a joint offensive against the Lord's Resistance Army, officials say.

LRA on murder rampage, HRW says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Children were forced into sexual slavery or used as soldiers by the Lord's Resistance Army in the Central African Republic last year, Human Rights Watch said.

Aid group: Ugandan rebels killing in DRC

KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The Lords Resistance Army has killed more than 400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since Christmas, an international aid group said Tuesday.

Uganda civilians fear rebel atrocities

KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Residents of northern Uganda say they're fearful a regional military offensive there may spur rebels to commit atrocities on civilians.

Uganda chases rebels in DR Congo

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Ugandan troops have made another attempt to root rebel leader Joseph Kony and his followers out of their remote camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

More pressure needed to counter rebel LRA

BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- More pressure must be placed on the rebel Lord's Resistance Army to disarm to avoid destabilization in Uganda, the International Crisis Group says.

Uganda set to sign rebel peace deal

RI KWANGBA, Sudan, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Ugandan officials said Saturday they're waiting in Sudan for rebel leader Joseph Kony to arrive to sign a peace deal ending his 20-year-old uprising.

Court seeks arrest of Ugandan rebels

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court Tuesday called for new efforts to arrest Ugandan rebel group leaders after attacks on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ugandan rebels urged to return to talks

KAMPALA, Uganda, July 10 (UPI) -- A mediator for the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army is calling on the LRA to return to peace talks after a halting of progress.

Central Africa grows impatient with rebels

KAMPALA, Uganda, June 23 (UPI) -- A top U.N. official says the ongoing violence committed by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda has led to a growing impatience in the region.
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Joseph Kony (born 1961) is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group that is engaged in a violent campaign to establish theocratic government in Uganda, which he claims is based on the Ten Commandments.

The LRA has earned a reputation for its actions against the people of several countries, including northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. The LRA has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight for them, and has also forced the internal displacement of over 2,000,000 people since its rebellion began in 1986.

Joseph Kony was born in 1961 in Odek, a village east of Gulu in northern Uganda Kony was the son of farmers. He was friendly to his siblings, but if they crossed him he came down hard on them. During his teenage years, Joseph Kony apprenticed as the village witch doctor under his older brother, Jamie Brow, and when his older brother died, he took over full responsibility. When confronted he often resorted to his fists rather than parrying verbally. He was teased in school about his size and the teachers gave him a hard time because he didn't seem too bright. His father was a lay apostle of the Catholic Church and his mother was an Anglican, Kony was an altar boy for several years. He stopped attending church at about the age of 15. A high-school dropout, Kony first came to prominence in January 1986, in his mid 20s. His group was one of many premillennialist groups that sprang up in Acholiland in the wake of the wildly popular Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Auma (aka Lakwena). However, the conflict in the north began in the resentment among the Acholi at their relative loss of influence after the overthrow of Acholi President Tito Okello by Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army (NRA) during the Ugandan Bush War, ending in 1986.

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