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In early April, the stage was set for the signing of a peace treaty between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The treaty was to mark the formal end of one of Africa’s longest and most brutal wars, in which the LRA, formed largely of abducted child soldiers, had massacred whole villages and terrorized the Acholi people of northern Uganda, along with others in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. LRA commander Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity and is almost never seen in public, was to slip into a jungle clearing on the Sudan-Congo border, where the treaty had been laid out for him along with a hot buffet and mineral water. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was to sign a few days later in Juba, Southern Sudan, where peace talks had been ongoing for two years.

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