September 10, 2009 |
An army spokesman said Ugandan forces have rescued 100 kidnapped children and young adults during an operation against a brutal rebel group in neighboring Central African Republic. Lt. Col. Felix Kulaigye said Ugandan forces also captured a senior commander of the Lord's Resistance Army. Kulaigye said troops had killed four of the group's junior commanders since entering the country two weeks ago. The rebels originated in northern Uganda and have fought the government for 20 years.
January 25, 2009 |
It took 12 years for Ojwang Santino to feel safe enough to begin rebuilding his home. Each morning before the sun gets too hot, he makes the trek to his ancestral land to smooth new mud walls and work on the thatched roof. But now he doesn't know whether he'll have the courage to move in. He's afraid the Lord's Resistance Army will come back. Santino, a father and grandfather, is one of the 1.
January 11, 2009 |
The rebels targeted churches on Christmas Day. Men were killed first, often stripped of shirts and pants, and then bound with their arms behind their backs. Rather than waste bullets, the attackers hacked victims in the back of the neck with machetes or shattered their skulls with sticks. "It happened step by step," said Joseph Kpayajadia, 58, a farmer who hid in the grass and saw his son being killed.
December 16, 2008 |
Three African armies have launched an offensive against Ugandan rebels based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda, southern Sudan and Congo wiped out the main camp in Congo used by the elusive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, said a spokesman for Congo's army. There was no immediate word on casualties. It was unclear whether Kony was there. The rebels, who have been fighting for 20 years, are notorious for kidnapping children and using them as soldiers.
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.
August 5, 2006 |
Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army declared a cease-fire and called on the government to lay down its arms ahead of peace talks scheduled to resume in Sudan next week. A spokesman contacted by satellite telephone at the rebels' camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the cessation of hostilities was issued by the rebels' deputy commander, Vincent Otti, on behalf of LRA leader Joseph Kony.