African Union launches US-backed force in hunt of Kony

After a YouTube video gained traction around the Globe, Joseph Kony is now the spotlight of multiple human rights activists around the world (and has been for several years).

Here’s the report from Haaretz:

The AU force aims to coordinate soldiers already hunting for Kony from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda with logistical and intelligence help from Washington.

In October, U.S. President Barack Obama said he was sending 100 military advisers to the four countries involved in the new AU force.

“The Americans are playing a pivotal role in some aspects,” AU special envoy Francisco Madeira said on Saturday.

“They support us militarily, they support us with equipment, they support us with military advice, they support us even with intelligence and training,” he told reporters at its launch ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juban.
He gave no details on the troops’ strategy.

The force will be headquartered in Yambio in South Sudan near the border to the DRC. Units will be also based in Dungu in the DRC and Obo in the CAR, officials said.

UN Central Africa envoy Abou Moussa said the force had to capitalize on the high level of global pressure on Kony.

“We need to take advantage of the high level of interest, goodwill and political commitment to finally put an end to this crime.”

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