Warlord Kony killing elephants, selling ivory

2015-10-26 22:45
Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army  Joseph Kony answering journalists' questions at Ri-Kwamba, in Southern Sudan. (Stuart Price, AFP)

Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answering journalists' questions at Ri-Kwamba, in Southern Sudan. (Stuart Price, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kampala - African warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army rebels in Congo are killing elephants for their ivory, which they trade for supplies in Sudanese-controlled territory, according to a new report released on Monday by the watchdog group Enough Project.

The ivory is trafficked from Congo's Garamba National Park, where the animals are poached, to Kafia Kingi, an enclave controlled by Sudan, where the rebels deal with Sudanese merchants to get food, uniforms and ammunition, said the report that is based on interviews with defectors from the rebels.

Rebel commanders, under direct orders from Kony, have also traded with Sudanese military officers, said the report.

One group of rebels based in the park poaches elephants and secures the ivory, and then another group transports the ivory from northeastern Congo through Central African Republic to Kafia Kingi, the report charges.

"The tusks are likely trafficked to Nyala, South Darfur, and on to Khartoum for export abroad, primarily to Asia," it said.

Sudan has faced persistent accusations that it is aiding Kony's group, charges the Khartoum government denies.

Kony is being hunted by a joint African force of troops from Uganda and Congo. US advisers are also deployed to the jungles of central Africa to help the force trying to capture or kill Kony and his rebels.

Last week President Barack Obama reauthorised US support for the mission against Kony.

Kony himself is believed to be hiding in Kafia Kingi, where he has eluded the international forces searching for him. His rebel group originated in Uganda in the 1980s as a tribal uprising against the government, eventually gaining notoriety for the sexual enslavement of girls and the recruitment of boys.

By 2006, a Ugandan military assault had forced all the rebels to flee to Congo and to other parts of central Africa.

Only about 120 Lord's Resistance Army rebels remain in the bush, according to Enough Project.

Read more on:    lra  |  joseph kony  |  congo  |  sudan  |  poaching  |  east africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.