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New radios to help track brutal militia in Africa

Isolated villagers can alert wider world to attacks

The Lord’s Resistance Army has long taken advantage of the remoteness of the part of Central Africa it operates in. The radio network aims to take that advantage away. The Lord’s Resistance Army has long taken advantage of the remoteness of the part of Central Africa it operates in. The radio network aims to take that advantage away. (Invisible Children via Associated Press)
By Jason Straziuso
Associated Press / November 13, 2011

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In Africa’s remotest jungle, where paved roads and telephones don’t exist, a U.S. aid group is installing new high frequency radios to help track the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal militia that 100 U.S. special forces troops are now helping hunt. The Ugandan rebel group is blamed for tens of thousands of rapes, mutilations, and killings over the last 26 years. The militia abducts children, forcing them to serve as soldiers or sex slaves, and even to kill their parents or each other to survive.

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