January 11, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
December 28, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - U.S. diplomats evacuated from the capital of the Central African Republic on Friday, the State Department reported, after a coalition of rebel groups swept across the country in recent days, seizing towns and diamond mining areas and threatening to oust the government. Residents of Bangui also fled by car, or by boat across the Ubangi River to the Democratic Republic of Congo, while others scoured markets stocking up on food in case war comes to the capital, according to news agencies.
November 14, 2012 |
Despite unspeakable brutality committed over 25 years, Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony continues to elude betrayal even by his victims. He is hunted by thousands of African Union troops guided by U.S. special forces, yet few familiar with Kony's history of murder, mutilation, kidnapping, sexual enslavement and child-soldier recruitment see much immediate prospect for his arrest and trial on war crimes charges. Kony's loyalists may have dwindled to as few as 200. Yet even as they remain scattered across remote stretches of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, his ragtag, poorly armed followers and their young captives survive by their wits in a sheltering jungle, ignored by indifferent governments and able to maintain a reign of terror.
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October 8, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - First came the sensation: an activist video that captivated tens of millions of viewers in just a few days with its plea for the capture of African warlord Joseph Kony and an end to his mass abductions of children for use as soldiers and sex slaves. Then came the scandal: the video's creative director running naked through the streets of San Diego, talking gibberish, all caught on cellphone video by a bystander and splashed onto TMZ. Six months later, the San Diego-based group Invisible Children is attempting to recapture the lost momentum of the spring with a new video - explaining the naked escapade and trying to refocus public attention on bringing down the messianic Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.
June 30, 2012 |
It's been nearly four months since "Kony 2012" exploded into public consciousness as a rare bird: an Internet video that captivated the multitudes with a story of geopolitics and human suffering, not a pop diva's star turn. The video about a brutal militia leader in central Africa topped 70 million views in the first week of its release in March. Invisible Children, the human rights group that produced the piece, just as quickly became the object of derision. Critics said the San Diego-based organization had oversimplified and distorted the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, which has kidnapped children and turned them into sex slaves and boy soldiers for more than a quarter of a century.
March 22, 2012 |
Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers in the armed conflict in that country, sealing his fate as the court's first convicted war criminal. At the same time, the viral video "Kony 2012"has seemingly achieved its goal of making Joseph Kony, another rebel commander facing an ICC arrest warrant, notorious for his alleged crimes, including the abduction of an estimated 30,000 children for hisLord's Resistance Army.