by DAVID AXE This is the fifth installment of ARMY OF GOD, a non-fiction graphic novel about the Lord’s Resistance Army that has terrorized the Congo. This chapter examines “Operation Lightning Thunder,” a complex military operation by the Ugandan army against the LRA.
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In chapter two — or part three, counting the prologue — a Catholic priest has a nightmarish encounter with the Lord’s Resistance Army in Congo.
ARMY OF GOD, Part Two
Chapter two of my graphic novel ARMY OF GOD is now online at Cartoon Movement.
In February 2006, an army of rapists descended on Duru, a farming community of 5,000 in eastern Congo. They called themselves, without a trace of irony, the “Lord’s Resistance Army.”
A loud knocking on the door of the parish house was the only warning of the rebel attack. It was Sept. 17, 2008 in Duru, a farming town of 6,000 people in the remote northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, an area plagued by rebellions. People from outlying farms had seen a band of rebels on the road leading into town. A Duru resident named Roger Kayadunga had raced to the parish house to warn Father Ferruccio Gobbi and the other priests. “They’re coming,” Kayadunga said. “Lots of them.”
An old woman had died. Before burying the her, the residents of the village of Obo — in southern Central African Republic, just north of the Congolese border — gathered around a campfire to eat, drink, cry and sing in celebration of the woman’s long life. It was a night in March 2008, just another beat in the slow rhythm of existence in this farming community of 13,000 people.
It’s taken years of determined lobbying by international aid groups, but the Pentagon is finally deploying 100 combat troops to do battle with Ugandan cult leader Joseph Kony and his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group in Central Africa. “These forces will act as advisers to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA,” President Barack Obama said Friday.
In Central African Republic, two international aid groups established a radio-based network for tracking rebel groups and alerting people of possible attacks.
November is hot in Congo. Every month is hot in Congo.
DUNGU, Democratic Republic of Congo — They arrive in the night like monsters. In northeastern Congo, in a swath of thick forest the size of some European countries, the apocalyptic Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group is a constant, foreboding presence. The LRA’s fighters — many of them kidnapped teens — murder, abduct, rape and pillage while constantly eluding a half-heartedly pursuing Congolese army.