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DRC priest honoured for rebel fight

2012-08-15 20:09

Kinshasa - A priest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been recognised for helping to set up an early warning network to report activity by the feared Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and rehabilitate victims.

Benoit Kinalegu was jointly awarded the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism by New York-based Human Rights Watch, it said on Wednesday.

Led by Joseph Kony, the LRA has waged a ferocious insurgency across four countries in central Africa, mutilating victims and abducting children for use as sex slaves and soldiers.

The other joint winner was Libya's Salah Marghani, a human rights activist and lawyer in Tripoli

During last year's uprising against Muammar Gaddafi he founded the Libyan Human Rights Violations Detection Group which pushes for free speech, visits prisoners and interviews victims of abuse.