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Sudan Is Still Up to No Good

The Lord Resistance Army's arrival in Sudan unveils Omar Hassan al-Bashir's unwillingness to bring peace for Darfurians, writes John Norris.

The Lord’s Resistance Army , or LRA, has come to Darfur, Sudan, and that is not good news for anyone. The LRA is a vicious militia led by self-proclaimed messiah Joseph Kony, and though he does not appear to be with the contingent that has moved into Darfur, Kony is widely and rightly regarded as one of the most heinous war criminals still on the loose in the entire world.

The LRA has long operated as a hybrid between a cult and a rebel army. Kony and the LRA originally sprang up in northern Uganda and waged a brutal campaign trying to overthrow that country’s government. Millions of Ugandans fled the fighting, and the LRA engaged in virtually every depravity known in warfare. The LRA’s ranks have been swelled with kidnapped child soldiers, girls are regularly treated as sex slaves, and innocent civilians are maimed and killed in a fashion too brutal to describe.
 
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John Norris

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative

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