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After that viral video, 5000 African soldiers set out to catch evil Kony


By Noel Young | Correspondent

March 25, 2012 | 3 min read

The African Union is to form a 5,000-strong brigade to hunt down Joseph Kony , subject of a viral video seen by 100 million people round the world in the past few weeks.

Kony: 5000 soldiers on his trail

The video made by the American group Invisible Children was heavily criticised because it focused on what Kony was doing years ago in areas he has now left.

"Nonetheless it has been very effective, if it has now produced this result" said one commentator.

Kony has used his militia to terrorise communities throughout central Africa for more than 14 years. He is now said to be hiding with his Lord's Resistance Army in the jungles of central Africa.

The "hunt Kony"brigade will be led by Uganda and include troops from the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan - all of them ravaged by LRA raids.

"We need to stop Kony with hardware – with military hardware in this case. We're on a mission," an African Union envoy, Francisco Madeira, told reporters in Entebbe, Uganda. "We need to stop Kony."

Abou Moussa, the UN envoy in the region, told the BBC that Kony, who believes he is the spokesman of God, was now believed to be in the Central African Republic. Moussa said the LRA had dwindled in size but was still creating havoc.

Kony and his henchmen have been wanted by the international criminal court in The Hague since 2005. He is thought to have recruited between 60,000 and 100,000 child soldiers and displaced around two million people.

African ministers agreed the new strategy at a meeting in Entebbe, Uganda. A spokesman said the LRA was now down to to between 200 and 700 followers but remained a threat.

Moussa said international interest in Kony had been "useful, very important".

The force will be based in South Sudan and is expected to receive assistance from the US army.


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