Earlier this month Ugandan troops almost caught Joseph Kony, the leader of the quasi-religious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is accused of widespread atrocities across several countries
The LRA is blamed for mass murder, rape and kidnapping in the region.
A rare three-day meeting of 30 religious and community leaders as well as local government officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), south Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda criticised the “lack of a co-ordinated and comprehensive strategy” to tackle the rebels.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in two decades of fighting since LRA chief Joseph Kony took up arms, initially against the Ugandan government.
Long since driven out of Uganda, the quasi-religious cult has carved out a vast region of control in the dense forests of northeast DRC, south Sudan and CAR.