Who are the LRA?
The Independent reported on Saturday on a deadly new chapter for Darfur, as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) move in to the troubled region.
But who are the LRA? All that anyone can say for certain is that they are lead by a man called Joseph Kony. He has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.
So what are they fighting for? This is something I have been looking into for a while, having done my undergraduate politics dissertation on the motivations of the LRA.
The common perception of the rebel group is that they are a ‘messianic cult’ – Daniel Howden of the Independent uses this exact phrase.
But far more likely is that they are now just fighting for survival and so that Kony can maintain his power.
The LRA have been to move freely through northern Uganda, the Democratic Repbublic of Congo, the Central African Republic and now they have returned to Sudan. Terrorising this entire region gives Kony an immense amount of power.
However, no-one can deny that their methods are horrific and brutal.