Near death?

Joseph Kony, Ugandan warlord, might be giving up

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Remember Kony 2012, a campaign by the advocacy group Invisible Children highlighting gross human rights committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army? Joseph Kony is the fugitive leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, originally a tribal uprising against the Ugandan government that has since devolved into a Christian militant group. Kony has led some of the world’s worst atrocities perpetrated against women and girls. In the 1980s, the Lord’s Resistance Army was awash with abuses such as the recruitment of child soldiers and child sex slaves under his leadership. However, now, it appears that an ailing Kony is retreating in Kafia Kingi, a Sudanese-controlled enclave between the Central African Republic and South Sudan. He might be safe there for now, seeing that African troops do not have access to this territory. According to Ugandan intelligence and several defectors, Kony is suffering from diabetes, the symptoms of which are affecting his willingness to fight. Independently verifying these claims about his failing health is difficult to do, but if true, it is good news for the Ugandan troops, Congolese troops, and U.S. military advisers who comprise the international manhunt team.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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