Timeline of Uganda's civil war
05/15/2012 16:30 GMT
KAMPALA, May 15, 2012 (AFP) - Key dates in the history of the Lord's Resistance Army and the devastating civil war it has waged in northern Uganda:
1986: Yoweri Museveni seizes power after years of bloodshed marked notably by the bloody dictatorship of Idi Amin Dada. Museveni, now elected, remains president today.
1987: Alice Lakwena, a self-proclaimed prophetess, launches an insurgency called the Holy Spirit Movement in northern Uganda.
1988: Joseph Kony, Lakwena's cousin, takes over the fight, at the head of what becomes the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
March 1994: The LRA steps up ambushes and abductions in the north, which borders the south of Sudan.
April 1995: Uganda and Sudan break off relations, each accusing the other of backing hostile rebel groups.
July 1996: Thousands of residents flee villages after a wave of LRA violence in the district of Gulu.
January 1997: Nearly 400 people are killed by the LRA during a four-day raid in the region of Kitgum.
April 2001: The United Nations Human Rights Commission condemns the LRA for kidnappings, torture, detentions, rapes and the forced enrolment of children.
April 2002: Uganda and Sudan restore diplomatic relations, after an accord that gives the Ugandan army the right to pursue LRA guerrillas into Sudanese territory.
March 2003: Human Rights Watch says some 5,000 children have been abducted and forcibly enrolled by the LRA since June 2002. More than 20,000 children have been used as child soldiers.
February 2004: More than 200 people are massacred in an attack by suspected LRA fighters on a camp for displaced persons.
May 2004: Some 170 people, including 55 civilians, are killed in fighting with the LRA, according to the army.
1995: LRA fighters are reported to have set up bases in neighbouring states: the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Sudan.
Oct 2005: The International Criminal Court says it has issued arrest warrants against five LRA officials, including Joseph Kony.
July 14, 2006: The government and the LRA launch peace negotiations in Juba, southern Sudan.
February 23, 2008: The Ugandan government and the LRA sign an agreement for a permanent ceasefire.
April 10, 2008: The signature of a peace agreement is postponed when Kony fails to turn up.
December 15, 2008: The armed forces of southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo join the Ugandan armed forces in a major offensive against the LRA rebels.
December 19, 2011: A unit of US special forces arrives in the east of the Central African Republic to help fight the LRA.
March 2012: US charity Invisible Children, releases a video on to the Internet, raising worldwide awareness of the LRA problem in Uganda.
May 15, 2012: Uganda says its troops have captured Caesar Acellam, a top LRA leader, in the Central African Republic.
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