Uganda’s weakened militants in vicious campaign

uganda rebelsFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN in the African Great Lakes region are increasingly at risk in the wake of violent infighting characterizing the militant Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda.
Mass defections from the armed group controlled through an iron fist by long-time leader Joesph Kony have hit the organisation while military operations led by Ugandan and United States troops have weakened.
Civilians however have borne the biggest brunt.
Splinter groups from the LRA have abducted Congolese boys to strengthen their fighting capacity and acquired weaponry in a recent ambush of a Congolese military unit.
In 2016, they shifted their operations into neighboring Central African Republic (CAR), where they abducted dozens of civilians, including 15 children.
Kony, who has managed to prevent a majority of LRA combatants from defecting, has added to violence perpetrated by the Achaye Doctor-led group, Kony has also ordered the forced recruitment of dozens of children during a surge of LRA attacks in eastern CAR.
It is the group’s most violent campaign since 2010.
Loyal LRA commanders continue to carry out difficult missions on Kony’s command, including long treks to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba National Park to poach elephants and collect ivory.
A spokesperson of the children’s right group, Invisible Children, warned a weakening LRA was at its most vicious.
“The splintering of the LRA, while undermining its chances of long-term survival, makes the group a more dangerous menace to civilians in the short-term.”

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