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Uganda army rescues children

Military officials in Uganda say they have rescued about 250 people – most of them children – who were abducted by rebels. An army spokesman in Kampala, Major Shaban Bantariza, said they were abandoned by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as government forces closed in on them in several areas over the last two weeks. Last month, many children were abducted when their school was raided by rebels. The LRA has been fighting government forces since the late 1980s to replace President Yoweri Museveni’s secular government in a campaign marked by brutality against civilians. Officials say the LRA has abducted hundreds of children in northern Uganda in recent years, forcing them to fight as child soldiers if they are boys, or to become sex slaves for rebel commanders if they are girls. Full Story

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