Lord's Resistance Army

The Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, is a violent rebel group led by Joseph Kony. The fight between the Ugandan government and the LRA is one of the longest running conflicts in Africa, and 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.

In May 2010 after intense pressure by activists, the U.S. Congress passed legislation aimed to end this crisis, which President Obama signed into law. The "Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act" was the most widely supported Africa-specific legislation in recent congressional history. As required by the law, President Obama submitted the "Strategy to Support the Disarmament of the LRA" on November 24, 2010, which was followed by the deployment of a approximately 100 American advisors and supporting personnel to LRA-affected areas in late 2011 and early 2012.

Though the LRA originated in northern Uganda, it has since spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.

Beginnings in UgandaBeginnings in Uganda

The LRA began in northern Uganda in 1987 as a violent rebel group led by Joseph Kony. Read More »

The LRA in the Congo, CAR, and South SudanThe LRA in Congo, CAR, and South Sudan

Neighboring countries serve as refuges for the LRA. Read More »

Conflicts within South SudanThe United States and the LRA

The United States deployed approximately 100 soldiers to advise and assist in the removal of Joseph Kony. Read More »


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