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View on Africa: the AU's elusive pursuit of the LRA
Date: 29 June 2016
Time: 11h00 - 12h00
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After thirty years of committing atrocities, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) remains a potent force. The group has been responsible for nearly 200 attacks, 686 civilian abductions and 19 deaths between 2015 and 2016, according to the LRA Crisis Tracker.

In response to the threat, the African Union (AU) finally decided in 2012 to launch its Regional Cooperation Initiative to eliminate the LRA. The initiative is backed by a 5 000 strong Regional Task Force (RTF). Despite some successes in the past four years many challenges remain, including conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic and a shortage of troops and resources.

In this week’s View on Africa, Martin Ewi, ISS Senior Researcher, will critically assess the AU’s role and ability to defeat the LRA and capture its leader Joseph Kony so that he can finally answer for his crimes at the International Criminal Court.

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