U.S. Policy to Counter the Lord's Resistance Army, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, April 24, 2012   [open pdf - 269KB]

From the opening statement of Christopher A. Coons: "As we all know, for more than 2 decades the Lord's Resistance Army [LRA] has committed brutal attacks against civilians in central Africa that have destabilized the region, resulted in systematic killings, displacement, kidnapping, mutilation, and rape. Joseph Kony and his commanders have abducted tens of thousands of children to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves, forcing them to commit terrible acts. And today, as I mentioned, we are privileged and humbled to hear from two victims of the LRA, Jacob and Jolly, both about their enduring, horrific experiences in Uganda and their courageous efforts to move forward and to make positive change in the world from that experience. Joseph Kony epitomizes the worst of mankind and evil in the modern day, and as I mentioned, while the LRA has left Uganda in 2006, it continues to burn a path of destruction through the whole region. As you can see from this chart, in the past 4 months alone, the LRA has committed 132 attacks in three countries, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan, despite an increased U.S. presence and regional efforts to counter them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jacob Acaye, Christopher A. Coons, Amanda Dory, Earl Gast, James M. Inhofe, Johnny Isakson, Mary L. Landrieu, Jolly Okot Donald Yamamoto, and Richard G. Lugar.

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