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In one of the world's hardest to reach locations, the Ugandan army conducts search and attack missions against the LRA.
Last updated: 04 Jul 2014 13:03
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Obo, Central African Republic - In this remote village near the African pole of inaccessibility - a geographic point marking the continent's farthest distance from the coastline - the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) has been hunting down soldiers attached to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Led by Joseph Kony, the LRA became notorious for mutilating people and for abducting thousands of children to be used as soldiers, porters and sex slaves. The International Criminal Court indicted Kony on war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005, but he remains on the run. Ugandan troops now hunt for the LRA in the Central African Republic, where they fled in 2009.

Four years later, in 2013, a separate rebellion overthrew the Central African Government in the capital Bangui. Since the government's fall, thousands of people have been killed by sectarian militia fighters. The Ugandan army operates in the country's sparsely populated, rural and underdeveloped eastern area, where it tries to find LRA units hiding in the dense, impenetrable jungle. 

The Ugandan army says that there are about 300 LRA members left, including fighters, abducted woman claimed as "wives", and their children. Ugandan troops gather intelligence from villagers and pursue the LRA units. Meanwhile, the United Nations says Joseph Kony is hiding hundreds of kilometres away, in a disputed enclave that lies between South Sudan and CAR, but is controlled by Sudan.


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A UPDF soldier checks weapons seized from LRA fighters during an operation.



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UPDF soldiers gather for early morning roll call at the military base in Obo, the capital city of Haut-Mbomou. Obo also resides near the African pole of inaccessibility, a geograhic location that is the continent's farthest point from the ocean.



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UPDF soldiers prepare inside a helicopter before they take part in an operation against the LRA.



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A UPDF officer welcomes a senior LRA officer who surrendered with two women, two fighters and a boy. This is the third senior LRA commander to give himself up.



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A map shows UPDF camps in the northeastern region of the Central Africa Republic. Northeast CAR is covered in a thick jungle that's difficult to traverse.



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A UPDF soldier sits inside a helicopter that takes him to Nzako, a small northeastern town for an operation against the LRA.



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An aerial view of the thick jungle in the northeast region of CAR where the UPDF hunts LRA members.



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UPDF soldiers patrol near the village of Nzaco. The "bush", as the dense jungle is called, makes it extremely difficult to search out LRA members.



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UPDF soldiers offer villagers their only protection against the LRA.



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UPDF and local authorities discuss security in Zemio, a refugee camp in southeastern CAR, where the army hopes to prevent rebel attacks.



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Children play at the refugee camp in Zemio in southeast CAR.



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UPDF soldiers regularly patrol the streets of Zemio.



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UPDF soldiers unload supplies in Nzaco.




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UPDF soldiers offer villagers their only protection against the LRA.

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UPDF and local authorities discuss security in Zemio, a refugee camp in southeastern CAR, where the army hopes to prevent rebel attacks.

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Children play at the refugee camp in Zemio in southeast CAR.

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UPDF soldiers regularly patrol the streets of Zemio.

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UPDF soldiers unload supplies in Nzaco.

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UPDF soldiers is checking guns which they have been captured with LRA fighters during the recent operations against the infamous rebel group.

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UPDF soldiers is checking guns which they have been captured with LRA fighters during the recent operations against the infamous rebel group.

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UPDF soldiers during a parade in the early morning in at a military base in Obo, CAR.

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UPDF soldiers during a parade in the early morning in at a military base in Obo, CAR.

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UPDF soldiers inside an elicopter on their way to Nzako in CAR for an operation against the LRA. Photo/Michele Sibiloni

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UPDF soldiers inside an elicopter on their way to Nzako in CAR for an operation against the LRA. Photo/Michele Sibiloni

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UPDF colonell Micheal Kabango is welcoming an LRA surrender col Sam Opio surrendered with two women, two fighters with three guns and a boy. This is the third senior LRA commander to be captured.

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UPDF colonell Micheal Kabango is welcoming an LRA surrender col Sam Opio surrendered with two women, two fighters with three guns and a boy. This is the third senior LRA commander to be captured.

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A map is showing where UPDF has camps in the north East rgion in CAR..

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A map is showing where UPDF has camps in the north East rgion in CAR..

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UPDF soldier inside an elicopter on their way to Nzako in Central African Republic for an operation against the LRA.

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UPDF soldier inside an elicopter on their way to Nzako in Central African Republic for an operation against the LRA.

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An aerial view of the thick jungle in north east region of CAR where UPDF is engaged in the hunt of the Lord Resistence Army rebel group.

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An aerial view of the thick jungle in north east region of CAR where UPDF is engaged in the hunt of the Lord Resistence Army rebel group.

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UPDF soldiers during a patrol in the thick jungle near Nzaco village in the north east region of CAR.

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UPDF soldiers during a patrol in the thick jungle near Nzaco village in the north east region of CAR.

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UPDF soldiers during a patrol in the thick jungle near Nzaco village in the north east region of CAR.

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UPDF soldiers during a patrol in the thick jungle near Nzaco village in the north east region of CAR.

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A UPDF soldier is looking outside a window from a UPDF hospital in the military base in Obo.

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A UPDF soldier is looking outside a window from a UPDF hospital in the military base in Obo.

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A meeting between UPDF and local authorities of Zemio discussing about security in the area. UPDF is securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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A meeting between UPDF and local authorities of Zemio discussing about security in the area. UPDF is securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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A view of the refugee camp in Zemio in the nort eastern part of CAR. Ugandan troops are securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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A view of the refugee camp in Zemio in the nort eastern part of CAR. Ugandan troops are securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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UPDF soldiers during a Patrol in Zemio in the nort eastern part of CAR. Ugandan troops are securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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UPDF soldiers during a Patrol in Zemio in the nort eastern part of CAR. Ugandan troops are securing the area from possible attacks from rebel groups.

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UPDF soldiers are unloading an helicopter in Nzaco in the North East of the country.

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UPDF soldiers are unloading an helicopter in Nzaco in the North East of the country.

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Two congolese girls abducted by the LRA in 2008 have are now in the UPDF military base in Obo . They were with the col Sam Opio and two other fighters which surrendered yesterday.

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Two congolese girls abducted by the LRA in 2008 have are now in the UPDF military base in Obo . They were with the col Sam Opio and two other fighters which surrendered yesterday.



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