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More effort is needed to crush Kony

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Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to terrorise vulnerable populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central Africa Republic and in South Sudan.

This year alone, the LRA has carried out 66 attacks in which three people have been killed and another 121 abducted and subjected to cruel treatment.

The ragtag outfit has also displaced close to two hundred thousand people in the areas under their control in the three countries.

Kony is an international pariah, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In fact, to demonstrate how dangerous Kony is to the society, the US government also placed a bounty on his head.

He refused to talk peace when the chance availed itself and has instead chosen to wreak havoc on the innocent people in the areas where he is hiding, an undesirable development that must be brought to an end.

It is important to recall that before being forced to flee from Uganda, Kony subjected the people in northern Uganda to very nasty experiences for close to two decades, something which disrupted their socio-economic settings and progress.

As a result, today the area is still undergoing a slow recovery process and there are a number of people who lost the bread winners and are finding it difficult to reconstruct their trails after their families disintegrated.

Given such a background, there is need for sustained pursuit of the elusive LRA leader by the international community, so that the people in the areas where he operates continue with their lives without the fear of either being killed or abducted.

 

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