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Kony 2013: The Hunt Quietly Continues

Despite efforts by Uganda, the United States, the AU and other partners, LRA warlord Joseph Kony remains hidden in the jungles that span the Central African Republic (CAR) and its neighbors. A recent coup in the CAR slowed down the effort that has had trouble finding the rebel leader. Uganda suspended its efforts in early April as did the US special forces group that are providing logistical and intelligence support for the hunt.

This report from 60 Minutes last Sunday shows how the US military is helping to train the soldiers who are looking for Kony and the LRA.

While the hunt goes it, it appears that Kony is settling in to the life of a farmer. His uncle told the Ugandan newspaper The Monitor that he is farming with his family between the CAR and the DR Congo. The family said it is the first time they heard from Kony since 2008.

However, Ugandan authorities dismissed the claims that Kony is farming near the CAR. Ugandan army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye told the newspaper that their intelligence suggests that Kony is hiding in the Darfur region of Sudan. With disruptions to the efforts, conflicting intelligence reports on Kony’s whereabouts and reports of problems with the coordinating hunt, it appears that the search may drag on.

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.