February 22, 1998 |
Grace Aleng gave birth on the open ground to a girl fathered by one of her rebel abductors. Then she was forced to rejoin the terror campaign being waged by the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda. "I picked up a gun and strapped the baby on my back," the emaciated 18-year-old recalled while nursing her scrawny baby. "But we were defeated by government forces, and I found a way to escape."
April 1, 1996 |
Brig. Gen. Chefe Ali, army commander of the north, held his gleaming cavalry sword high as he mounted his steed--in this case, the back of a bicycle pedaled by an aide--and charged off into the bush here last week to inspect the depredations of Africa's latest nightmare. For two hours, terrified villagers told Ali of atrocities and attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army, a fanatic Christian fundamentalist cult led by a self-proclaimed prophet with a murderous manner.
June 7, 2005
Re "A Land of Grief," June 5: As horrific as the photo article by Francine Orr was, it is equally disconcerting how little attention is being given to the suffering of these innocent children and civilians by the world governmental bodies. The notion that another Rwanda, Sudan or Cambodia is about to pass without meaningful intervention by the U.N. is a reflection of the ability of most nations to ignore such suffering unless it is at their respective front doors, as well as the U.N.'s political selectiveness.
August 30, 2006 |
A cease-fire went into effect Tuesday between Uganda's government and a rebel movement that terrorized the nation for nearly two decades. The truce signed Saturday is aimed at ending the war between the government and the Lord's Resistance Army, notorious for cutting off the tongues and lips of civilians, enslaving thousands of children and driving about 2 million people from their homes. "From today, troops can only shoot in defense of civilians," Army Maj. Felix Kulaije said.
October 10, 2005 |
Olanya Kasimiro thought he would never escape the Lord's Resistance Army when the rebels kidnapped him as a young boy in 1997 and forced him to join their cult-like movement. Three months ago, however, Kasimiro simply walked away from his rebel camp. The 18-year-old former fighter said the militia he left behind was running short on bullets, lacking medicine to treat the sick and scrambling to dig up emergency weapons caches buried around northern Uganda. "They are much weaker," he said.
June 5, 2005
A LAND OF GRIEF Fanatical rebels have terrorized northern Uganda for years, enslaving and torturing those who seek safety in squalid camps and at town facilities A rebel group calling itself the Lord's Resistance Army says it wants to rule the East African nation of Uganda according to the Ten Commandments. But it thrives on abducting children to serve as soldiers and sex slaves, and mutilates civilians. The group's conflict with government forces has received relatively little international attention even though an estimated 30,000 children have been kidnapped and as many as 1.6 million civilians have been displaced.