One hundred American Special Forces and numerous groups of Ugandan soldiers have been hunting Joseph Kony and the remnants of his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) through the jungles of Central Africa, so far without success. The US Green Berets and Navy SEALS established bases 6 months ago in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in their effort to flush Kony out of the jungle.
The lush tropical jungle absorbs electronic signals and sounds, limiting the usefulness of the surveillance equipment used by the Americans, while Kony maintains radio silence and uses runners and pre-arranged meeting places to communicate with his rebel troops. Rough terrain restricts the mobility of Kony’s pursuers and makes it very difficult for them to establish supply lines.
In the last month, the LRA has abducted 29 people, and in the last year it has abducted 588 people and killed 149, according to the LRA Crisis Tracker website. The most recent incident recorded on the website was an attack by 4 suspected LRA members on a man near Nadukpa in northern Democratic Republic of Congo. The man was stripped of his belongings including his clothes.