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Kony Commander Captured in Jungle Battle

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ugandan military captured a commander of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army near the Congo-Central African Republic border. Acellam has been part of the LRA for over 20 years as one of the top division commanders, advising Joseph Kony on international relations and coordination. Acellam replaced Odong Latek in 1989 as chief LRA fighters’ trainer and became Kony’s deputy after Vincent Otti was executed by Kony in 2007. Acellam is said to have been heading military intelligence and was the current LRA No. 3 after Kony and Okot Odhiambo. A Ugandan army official has said: “losing Acellam was a big blow to Kony.”

Although Acellam is not one of the LRA commanders indicted along with Kony in 2005 by the International Criminal Court, Ugandan officials say he was one of Kony’s top military strategists and a reliable fighter. Kony became the focus of international attention after the U.S. advocacy group Invisible Children made an online video seeking to make him famous. Never before in history 100 million people saw a film in such a short time as "KONY 2012". In 2005 the ICC indicted Kony, along with four other LRA commanders, for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Two of them have since died.

Last year U.S. President Barack Obama sent 100 troops to help regional governments to capture Kony. But the hunt has proved tough, with the rebels moving in very small groups and avoiding technology. Kony’s forces have progressively diminished due to a lack of food and constant moving to avoid capture. However, it is believed that over 200 LRA fighters remain active in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The capture of Acellam is a significant loss for Kony, and brings the UPDF one step closer to capturing the man himself.

 

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