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Submitted from Students Worldwide

September 3, 2016


The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of the longest lasting and most violent armed groups in Africa. The US State Department reports that it has operated since 1986; it was formed in northern Uganda to oppose Uganda’s government. It has a sordid and violent history, including the forcible recruitment of over 66,000 children for sex slaves and soldiers. The longevity and continued activity of the LRA can be attributed to its leader, Joseph Kony. The LRA was created due in part to the Holy Spirit Movement, which was founded in the 1980’s to represent the Acholi people of northern Uganda. Kony founded the LRA in order to combat Uganda’s government overseen by President Yoweri Museveni.

The Lord’s Resistance Army has never been a popular movement; it has never had the support of the citizenry in the countries in which it operates. Although it was created in Uganda, it has operated in the Central African Republic, Southern Sudan, and the Democratic Repub...

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