Since October 2011, the U.S. has sent special forces to help find Joseph Kony and to stop the LRA.
Although progress have been made since their arrival, there is still much to be done. Kony has yet to be found and rebuilding the region’s confidence that they are safe.
In 2008, a U.S.-backed attack on Kony and the LRA, named Operation Lightning Thunder, caused the group to go on the run.
Kony and the LRA are believed to move between Sudan and the Central African Republic. A Sudanese spokesman denies this allegation.
A hundred special forces are now stationed across the region. They hope that this mission will help capture Kony and stop the LRA operations.
Villagers are still scared that the LRA will come for them at night. They either sleep in their yard or hide in the undergrowth outside their houses.
A special forces captain told CNN:
“I think this mission is a very worthwhile one, and it’s going to bring stability to a region that has been without stability for a long time. If we can do anything to help reduce the atrocities, and make the locals feel safe, then, I think, it’s definitely worthwhile.”