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Cult-like LRA militia launches new attacks; Viral video goes after its leader

The 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.

Reuters reports

One person has been killed, 17 abducted and 3,000 displaced in 20 attacks in Orientale province in northeastern Congo this year. The renewed violence was a cause of concern, UNHCR said.

“In the last year the area was more secure,” said Celine Schmitt, a UNHCR spokeswoman by phone from Kinshasa.

But Mounoubai Madnodje, a spokesman for the UN’s Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the LRA was on its last legs.

“We think right now it’s the last gasp of a dying organization that’s still trying to make a statement,” he said.

The LRA, which emerged in northern Uganda in the late 1990s, is believed to have killed, kidnapped and mutilated tens of thousands of people in a reign of terror across some of Africa’s most remote and hostile terrain.

It appears to have lost much of its power under mounting pressure. Its leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court, the African Union has designated it as a terrorist group, and in October the United States sent 100 military personnel, mainly special forces, to train and advise the forces fighting against the LRA.

Madnodje said there are only about 200 LRA fighters left. […]

But experts on the LRA were skeptical about writing off Kony’s force too soon. Mareike Schomerus at the London School of Economics said small scale attacks did not necessarily mean the LRA was getting weaker.

“It doesn’t tell us anything because it’s the same thing they have been doing for the last 25 years,” she said. “They tend to attack more when they’re under military pressure and military pressure has been increasing in the last few months, since October especially.

VIRAL VIDEO

Meanwhile, the Associated Press says:

American filmmakers who reported on wartime atrocities in Africa for a 50-minute work called “Invisible Children” drew more attention than they imagined when their project was released in 2005. They soon founded a nonprofit organization to campaign against the brutality.

The group’s new 29-minute video is gaining even more attention, thanks to social media. The work released Monday is part of an effort called KONY 2012 that targets the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, a bush fighter wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. […]

Invisible Children occupies a small office tower in San Diego, where its three founders were raised. With a staff of about 40, aided by interns, the group trains people for six-week stints at its headquarters to spread the word of LRA atrocities. […]

Last year, the group began installing high frequency radios in Africa’s remotest jungle to help track militia attacks in Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. People in areas without phones can report attacks on the radios to people who put them on a website called the LRA Crisis Tracker.

It should be noted that the US Government has long fought against the International Criminal Court, trying to undermine it in fear of having its leaders and soldiers charged with war crimes.

Joseph Kony: I will use the Ten Commandments to liberate Uganda
Research resources on the LRA

Make peace — mom’s dying wish to rebel leader son Joseph Kony

KAMPALA, Uganda — 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.
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Kony’s armed group has waged a rebellion that has drawn in northern Uganda, eastern Congo and southern Sudan. Kony, who says he is fighting to rule Uganda based on the Ten Commandments, is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes.
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– Source / Full Story: Make peace — mom’s dying wish to rebel leader son, Godfrey Olukya, Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is a terrorist group led by a pseudo-Christian mystic named Joseph Kony.

His methods of warfare are notorious. Children are kidnapped, forced to kill their own parents, then march with the LRA, beaten and brutalised until they finally become fighters themselves. Teenage girls are hidden in elaborate fox-holes with just enough room for LRA commanders to climb into and claim them as their “wife”. Most of the LRA army is “manned” by abducted children, some of whom have grown to adulthood in its ranks.The mystic and his brutal army of child soldiers

Lord’s Resistance Army said to have killed scores of people in Congo church

Joseph Kony, terrorist 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.” [Read more...]

Three armies raid Lord’s Resistance Army camp

Joseph Kony 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. [Read more...]