November 15, 2012 |
"Don't worry, my clothes are staying on tonight. And they will stay on for the rest of my public life," Jason Russell joked in his first public appearance since last month's telecast of a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Russell, the visionary behind the viral video "Kony 2012" and co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, addressed an audience of about 300 students Tuesday at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Russell was in town preparing for...
June 14, 2012 |
ENTEBBE, Uganda — U.S. surveillance operations in Africa are dependent on permission from countries willing to host bases for the spy planes. In exchange, those countries usually insist that the Americans share intelligence gleaned from the skies. Such arrangements have the potential to go awry, especially in Africa, where many countries have poor human rights records. U.S. officials said they take care to withhold intelligence that could enable their African partners to target political opponents instead of terrorist...
April 29, 2012 |
OBO, Central African Republic — Six months after President Obama ordered 100 elite troops to help capture the messianic warlord Joseph Kony, U.S. military commanders said Sunday that they have been unable to pick up his trail but believe he is hiding in this country's dense jungle, relying on Stone Age tactics to dodge his pursuers' high-tech surveillance tools. Kony and his brutal militia, the Lord's Resistance Army , have slowed their pace of rapes, abductions and killings in recent months.
April 18, 2012 |
This is the land of mangoes. Everywhere you go in this forested nation in the heart of Africa, you see mango trees. But what you won't see are boxes of mangoes being packed for export to Europe or the United States, where they can sell for $3 a piece — a 500 percent profit. Nor will you see locally boxed mango juice. There is no juice factory here. Here in the Central African Republic, life is a constant struggle for its 4.4 million people. Despite its vast natural wealth, including uranium, gold, diamonds and crude oil,...
April 16, 2012 |
OBO, Central African Republic — Behind razor wire and bamboo walls topped with security cameras sits one of the newest U.S. military outposts in Africa. U.S. Special Forces soldiers with tattooed forearms and sunglasses emerge daily in pickup trucks that carry weapons, supplies and interpreters — as well as the expectations of a vast region living in fear of a man and his brutal militia. "The Americans have captured Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein," said Bassiri Moke, a tribal...
April 11, 2012 |
When Jeanne Boliza looks at her 3-year-old child, she remembers. He is the product of her ordeal as a sex slave for a soldier in the Lord's Resistance Army, a brutal militia led by a self-proclaimed prophet, Joseph Kony. Boliza, who was a child when she was raped, named her son Dieu Donné, "God Given. " But her neighbors refer to him by a different name. "They call him ‘Son of Tonga Tonga,' " said Boliza, now 17. It means "Son of the LRA. " In the jungles of this vast region of central Africa, villagers...