Thousands of Africans, including former child soldiers, affected by the violence of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army urged the country’s lawmakers to debate ways to end his two-decade rebellion.
More than 3,500 people from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic signed a petition calling for renewed debate over the “continued LRA threat” to regional stability, according to Invisible Children, a U.S.- based advocacy group.
The petition, which will be presented to Uganda’s parliament on Nov. 20, also demands “practical measures” be taken for the return of people still in LRA captivity, the group said in a Nov. 16 statement e-mailed from Uganda’s capital, Kampala. A March 2012 video on Kony produced by Invisible Children was viewed more than 100 million times on the Internet.
The LRA has killed more than 100,000 people in the past 25 years, according to the United Nations. Kony was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005 on charges including murder, mutilation, rape and the abduction of 30,000 children for use as soldiers and sex slaves.
The LRA was driven out of Uganda in 2005. It remains active in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
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