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Has a strategic communications campaign toppled the Lord’s Resistance Army?

March 2015
Richard de Silva investigates whether words have beaten the warlords and why it remains important to close the book on Joseph Kony…
Rumours abound that one of Africa’s most infamous terror groups may be on the cusp of falling apart, owing to the disintegration of its leadership. The militant group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) first sprang up in Uganda in the late 1980s and over the ensuing years moved its operations into the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In spite of its long reign of terror – having been responsible for countless incidents of murder, torture, mutilation, rape and abduction – there is now reason to believe that the group’s time is nearing an end following the capture and possible death of two more senior leaders. If the death is confirmed, only the LRA’s top commander would remain on the list of truly significant targets on the leadership chain – one Joseph Kony...

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