The Lord’s Resistance Army: Violence and Peacemaking in Africa

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March
12

Book by Mareike Schomerus

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of Africa’s most notorious armed rebel groups, having operated across Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When they entered the Juba Peace Talks with the Ugandan Government in 2006, the peace deal seemed like a gift to fighters who had for years barely been surviving in Central Africa’s jungles. Yet the talks failed. Why? Based on exclusive interviews with LRA fighters and their notorious leader Joseph Kony, Mareike Schomerus provides insights into how the LRA experienced the Juba Talks, revealing developing dynamics and deep distrust within a conflict system and how these became entrenched through the peace negotiations. In so doing, Schomerus offers an explanation as to why current approaches to ending armed violence not only fail but how they actively contribute to their own failure, and calls for a new approach to contemporary peacemaking.
– Based on exclusive interviews with LRA fighters and their notorious leader Joseph Kony
– Provides a detailed account of the Juba Peace Talks from the perspective of LRA members
– Unpacks why contemporary peacemaking efforts so often fail and calls for a new approach to peace negotiations

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