July 1, 2011
Countering the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of Africa’s most brutal
militia forces. It has plagued Central Africa, particularly northern
Uganda, for over two decades. The group’s tactics provide textbook
examples of war crimes and crimes against humanity. When attacking civilians,
the LRA instills fear by selecting random individuals for brutal executions.
Children are abducted to serve as porters, sex slaves, and new militia.
In order to indoctrinate child soldiers, young abductees are routinely forced
to kill their own family members and other children, or be murdered themselves.
Anyone caught trying to escape from the LRA is summarily executed.
By contrast with other African rebel groups, which occasionally adopt such
brutal tactics, the LRA has conducted such atrocities on a systematic and