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Ledio Cakaj

Researcher and Writer

My article with Paul Ronan in the Washington Post

Paul and I argue that the US Special Forces in the anti-LRA ops have a crucial role to play in dismantling the LRA regardless of the degree of Ugandan army involvement. "With Kony’s increasingly erratic and brutal leadership alienating many... Continue Reading →

My BBC article on Ongwen’s case at the ICC

"The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighter is the first former child soldier to face charges at the ICC. He has been charged with 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including attacks against civilians, torture, sexual and gender-based... Continue Reading →

Book Excerpt In Vice – What It Was Like to Be Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard

Vice ran two small passages from the book. I thought the whole thing with photos and the book cover was nicely done. When researching the book, this particular quote from Kony stuck with me. I am glad Vice people thought... Continue Reading →

Book Excerpt in the Guardian

The Guardian ran an excerpt from When the Walking Defeats You. The first two paragraphs: "Kony divided the 800 men, women and children bound for CAR into four groups. Sam’s group, which included George, travelled with Kony, often doubling as... Continue Reading →

Five years of US army involvement in the anti-LRA effort

I co-wrote an article for The Cipher Brief with Professor Ron Atkinson outlining the effects of the US strategy in dealing with the LRA. In short, the LRA remains a real threat to civilians in Central Africa. Here is an... Continue Reading →

On Thomas Kwoyelo

On 2 May 2016, Thomas Kwoyelo, will be tried in Gulu, Northern Uganda, a first case against former LRA fighters in Uganda. Much has been written about Kwoyelo's illegal stay in prison, the refusal by the Ugandan authorities to grant him... Continue Reading →

Symposium on Ongwen and the ICC case – my take

Mark Kersten at Justice in Conflict has put together a symposium on the ICC case of Ongwen with some fantastic pieces, ranging from a description of the history of the conflict to a discussion of the legal implications of Ongwen's... Continue Reading →

The unravelling – How Kony became the LRA’s worst enemy

This picture, from almost exactly ten years ago, tells an important and sad story. Depicted are fighters who composed the core of Kony's personal security team in 2006, posing for British journalist Sam Farmar, who interviewed Kony in June 2006. At... Continue Reading →

‘Killing Rambo’ – Remembering the slain Guatemalan peacekeepers

Ten years ago, on 23 January 2006, at least eight peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were killed by fighters of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in DRC's Garamba Park. The peacekeepers were... Continue Reading →

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