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.
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.
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 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.