he Lord’s Resistance Army, a cultish militia that has terrorized parts of Africa for decades, has launched a new spate of attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo this year after a lull in the second half of 2011, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a video aimed at stopping the cult’s leader goes viral
reports that the mother of one of Africa’s most notorious rebel leaders relayed one last wish for her son before her death Wednesday, according to a nurse at her deathbed: Make peace.
Norah Anek, 86, the mother of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, died after a long illness, said nurse Betty Akello, who was with her when she died. Her son heads the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army
, which has waged one of Africa’s longest and most brutal rebellions, in northern Uganda.
The Ugandan army on Sunday accused Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) rebels of hacking to death 45 people in a church in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“They were cut with pangas (machetes) and hit with clubs but some luckily managed to escape. Our forces came to know about the killings while pursuing the LRA yesterday and the pursuit is on for the killers.”
Congo’s national army joined Ugandan forces and southern Sudanese militia in a military operation Sunday meant to root out pockets of the Lord’s Resistance Army
— which had been preparing to launch an assault on Uganda from camps in eastern Congo, a joint statement from the three said.
The Lord’s Resistance Army — led by Joseph Kony, who claims spiritual powers — sought to overthrow its government, demanding the constitution be replaced with a version of the Ten Commandments.
Our correspondent ventures deep into the jungle for the first interview with Joseph Kony and challenges the Lord’s Resistance Army leader on the massacres, mutilations and mystical spirits that made him Africa’s most wanted man As we walk into the dark, airless jungle clearing after 12 days of increasingly arduous travel I understand how Stanley […]