Joseph Kony on the run as manhunt steps up


Ugandan soldiers patrol on April 18, 2012 through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony. A United Nations envoy said on May 11, 2012, that Kony is on the run as the manhunt to find him intensifies.



Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who has evaded capture for three decades, is changing hideouts nearly daily as the manhunt for him intensifies said a United Nations envoy on Friday, according to Reuters.

Abou Moussa, the head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, said, "The latest we've received so far is that, contrary to what Kony used to do - to stay one month, two months on the ground - he's now moving almost every other day, which means the pressure is mounting on him," according to Reuters.

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The guerilla leader who notoriously recruited child soldiers to the Lord's Resistance Army and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes may now be in Darfur, said Moussa, according to AFP. Moussa also said that defectors have reported that Kony has become "increasingly unstable."

The multi-national force, led by Uganda and aided by US Special Forces, has hunted for Kony in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, according to the AFP.

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According to Voice of America, the troops in the manhunt numbered 2,500 and the numbers were expected to double as the campaign intensifies.

The number of followers Kony still has are estimated between 200 and 500 fighters, reported AFP.

On Thursday, the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Kony would likely be "arrested or killed" within this year.

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