This in-depth, fascinating report on the hunt for Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, is well worth reading. It’s also great for discussions about international response, in various ways: Is foreign intervention justified? What should we do about Kony? But, most interestingly, what does the African Union’s intervention (coupled with its involvement in Somalia) tell us about increasing capabilities of African states?
The Hunt for Kony
By Scott Johnson, thedailybeast.com
In Newsweek Magazine
Maj. Richard Kidega threaded his way through a thicket of sweet black trees and thorny underbrush when suddenly he drew to a halt. A young Ugandan soldier in front had raised a clenched fist: the sign to stop. With their AK-47s raised, Kidega and his men silently scanned the jungle for any signs of the enemy, such as fresh tracks or trampled brush. Hanging vines clogged the path. Dry leaves masked deep holes. The gully was an attractive place for an ambush. “It’s places just like this where the LRA likes to hide,” Kidega whispered, as the hunt for Joseph Kony, rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, slowly moved ahead.
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