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The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)

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The Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, is a brutal rebellious group led by Joseph Kony. The fight between the Ugandan government and the LRA is one of the longest running battles in African history dating back to 1986. To many experts, the LRA is one of the most brutal forces in the world. The LRA is notorious for committing human rights violations including murder, mutilation, rape, widespread abductions of children and adults, sexual slavery, and looting of villages. Throughout its years of existence, the LRA has grown to be a feared group by many people and surrounding countries in Africa. The LRA emerged in northern Uganda in 1987, the year after Yoweri Museveni, a rebel leader from southern Uganda, seized power, ending nearly a decade of…show more content…
An advocate of the U.S. involvement was Phil Reeker, an American diplomat with the Department of State stating “Since the 9/11 attacks, the United States of America declared the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as an official terrorist group and/or organization.” As Americans, we tend to get involved in international affairs. The issue of the LRA and Sudan, gave the people of the United States a sense of wanting to help. It’s stated by the U.S. Department of State Diplomacy in…show more content…
military advisors were deployed to Uganda and to LRA affected areas of CAR, South Sudan, and DRC to assist the Ugandan military in conducting counter LRA operations. The U.S. advisors have also provided some training to small teams of DRC and South Sudanese forces engaged in counter LRA operations (CITE). The U.S. advisor effort is known as Operation Observant Compass, or OOC. The US effort was designed to help a 4-nation partnership (South Sudan, Uganda, Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo) counter the LRA, a mission that includes training, funding, airlift, logistics, communications and intelligence support, specifically, fusing intelligence and support to operations. As a result of the U.S. involvement, the amount of turmoil in Africa had significantly decreased due to the mere presence of American soldiers. People of the LRA knew the capabilities of the United States therefore it deterred them from attacking them. Not only did Americas help promote a safer state to live in; they also have improved Africa’s health, education, sanitation and infrastructure and many more. Who would know where the continent of Africa would be if the United States of America never got involved in the
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