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President Obama Releases Plan to End Rebel Violence in Uganda

President Barack Obama outlined a plan to disarm the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army in a letter and policy documents sent to lawmakers Wednesday.

The documents request additional funding from Congress to eliminate the threat of the LRA, which has kidnapped more than 30,000 children to serve as soldiers and sex-slaves over 20 years of civil war in Uganda.

Removing the LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony, encouraging fighters to defect from the group, and increasing protection of civilians are among the main strategies recommended by the administration.

These actions would help “mitigate and eliminate the threat to civilians and regional stability posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army,” Mr. Obama said in his letter.

LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of murder, mutilation, rape and the abduction.

Since December 2008 alone, his militia have killed more than 2,000 people and displaced 400,000, according to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has been following this story closely, take a look at their coverage here, and watch a recent NewsHour piece on efforts to rehabilitate LRA child soldiers below.

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