The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality

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The Lord's Resistance Army is Africa's most persistent and notorious 'terrorist' group. Led by the mysterious Joseph Kony, it has committed a series of horrific human rights abuses, including massacres and mutilations. Since the mid 1980s, it has abducted tens of thousands of people, including large numbers of children forced to train as fighters. The ICC in 2005 issued warrants for Kony and his top commanders, and the United States is backing a military campaign against the group. But the LRA survives, ...

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Overview

The Lord's Resistance Army is Africa's most persistent and notorious 'terrorist' group. Led by the mysterious Joseph Kony, it has committed a series of horrific human rights abuses, including massacres and mutilations. Since the mid 1980s, it has abducted tens of thousands of people, including large numbers of children forced to train as fighters. The ICC in 2005 issued warrants for Kony and his top commanders, and the United States is backing a military campaign against the group. But the LRA survives, continuing to inspire both fascination and fear.

Authoritative but provocative, The Lord's Resistance Army provides the most comprehensive analysis of the group available. From the roots of the violence to the oppressive responses of the Ugandan government and the failures of the international community, this collection looks at this most brutal of conflicts in fascinating depth, and includes a remarkable first-hand interview with Kony himself.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Essential reading for anyone interested in the conflict in Uganda and in 'terror' more generally." — David Keen, Professor of Complex Emergencies, LSE
 
"[A] fascinating and revealing collection of articles... provides ample and comprehensive insights into the tragic and unending saga that is the LRA." —Harry Johnstone, The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848135635
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 503,545
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Tim Allen is a Reader at the London School of Economics and Program Director of the graduate program in Development Studies. Prof. Koen Vlassenroot is the Coordinator of the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University.

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Table of Contents

Table and figures vii

Maps viii

Introduction Tim Allen Koen Vlassenroot 1

Part 1 Interpretations of Uganda's war in the north

1 Exploring the roots of LRA violence: political crisis and ethnic politics in Acholiland Adam Branch 25

2 Uganda's politics of foreign aid and violent conflict: the political uses of the LRA rebellion Andrew Mwenda 45

3 The spiritual order of the LRA Kristof Titeca 59

4 An African hell of colonial imagination? The Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, another story Sverker Finnström 74

Part 2 Experiencing the LRA

5 Chasing the Kony story Mareike Schomerus 93

6 'A terrorist is not a person like me': an interview with Joseph Kony Mareike Schomerus 113

7 On the nature and causes of LRA abduction: what the abductees say Christopher Blattman Jeannie Annan 132

8 Between two worlds: former LRA soldiers in northern Uganda Ben Mergelsberg 156

9 Encountering Kony: a Madi perspective Ronald Iya 177

Part 3 Peace and justice

10 Northern Uganda: a 'forgotten conflict', again? The impact of the internationalization of the resolution process Sandrine Perrot 187

11 'The realists in Juba'? An analysis of the Juba peace talks Ronald R. Atkinson 205

12 NGO involvement in the Juba peace talks: the role and dilemmas of IKV Pax Christi Simon Simonse Willemijn Verkoren Gerd Junne 223

13 Bitter roots: the 'invention' of Acholi traditional justice Tim Allen 242

14 The ICC investigation of the Lord's Resistance Army: an insider's view Matthew Brubacher 262

Postscript: a kind of peace and an exported war Tim Allen Frederick Laker Holly Porter Mareike Schomerus 279

Notes 289

Bibliography 325

Notes on the contributors 342

Index 347

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