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  • Type: Militant Group
  • Location: Uganda
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Lord's Resistance Army

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Organization Summary

The LRA arose because of the civil war in Uganda. Joseph Kony started the militant group in Northern Uganda, whose population makes up most of the nation's manual laborers and military. The purpose of the group is to ursurp the government under what Kony claims to be the Holy Spirit Movement. Kony recruited soldiers, members of the former Uganda National Liberation Front, and several other groups. The LRA was supported by the Sudan government starting in the mid-1990s. After the ICC issued a warrant for Kony, Sudan withdrew its support. The LRA uses violence to push its cause and has recently drawn more attention from other governments seeking to end their terror. Joseph Kony has remained the leader of the LRA throughout its entirety.

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