Uganda- LRA weaker than at anytime in 20 years

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

LRA “weaker than it has been in at least 20 years”

KAMPALA, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) – Joseph Kony is losing his grip on the fighters of his rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), with many wanting to defect, according to a new report by The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative, an US-based advocacy group.

According to the report, Loosening Kony’s Grip: Effective Defection Strategies for Today’s LRA, many LRA combatants in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are increasingly disillusioned by the leadership’s failure to maintain contact with the increasingly fragmented group and by the difficulty of life in remote rainforests far from home, made worse by pressure from Ugandan military forces and US military advisers operating in the region. Some are also disenchanted with the group’s recent shift towards forms of banditry, including harvesting elephant ivory.

“The Lord’s Resistance Army is likely weaker…

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