These bombings were by the military of the Congo who, with tactical assistance from the U.S. military Special Forces, are searching out hidden camps and followers of Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army :
The group is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium. Since 1987, Kony is believed to have recruited between 60,000 and 100,000 child soldiers and displaced around 2 million people throughout central Africa. The LRA is one of the foreign organizations designated as terrorist by the United States, and its leadership is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Source: Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency:
Children that have been forcefully recruited into the LRA experience a devastating life, as the graph below shows. A few years ago we took in a couple of young boys (brothers) – their parents had recently died of HIV-AIDS, they had no other relatives, living off the streets and woodlands near Uvira - and were thus prime subjects for LRA recruitment.
|War violence experienced by abductees|
|Witnessed a killing||78%|
|Tied or locked up||68%|
|Received a severe beating||63%|
|Forced to steal or destroy property||58%|
|Forced to abuse dead bodies||23%|
|Forced to attack a stranger||22%|
|Forced to kill a stranger||20%|
|Forced to kill an opposing soldier in battle||15%|
|Forced to attack a family member or friend||14%|
|Forced to kill a family member or friend||8%|
U.S. Army special forces Captain Gregory, 29, from Texas, center, who would only give his first name in accordance with special forces security guidelines, speaks with troops from the Central African Republic and Uganda, in Obo, Central African Republic, Sunday, April 29, 2012, where they are searching for infamous warlord Joseph Kony.
Obo was the first place in the Central African Republic that Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacked in 2008 and today it’s one of four forward operating locations where U.S. special forces have paired up with local troops and Ugandan soldiers to seek out Kony and hope he will stand trial at the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity after his forces cut a wide and bloody swath across several central African nations. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis).
As for the two little orphans that we took in, after a couple of months they left – being of an age that joining a rebel group seemed far more interesting that farm work and bathing daily! Sad, but one of the painful realities facing orphan children.
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