At Congress, Group Urges U.S. to Act on Ugandan Violence

Activists spent a day on Capitol Hill this week, lobbying the United States to take a stronger position to support a fragile peace process in Uganda.

Northern Uganda has been wracked by civil war for 20 years, and there are some slim hopes that the government and the main rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, may hold peace talks.

One of the key questions is whether Uganda's president will offer amnesty to the LRA's leader, Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Among the activists in Washington was Grace Akolla, who is marking a grim anniversary this week. Ten years ago, she was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, a brutal rebel movement that turns children into killers.

Among themselves, Akolla and her colleagues debate what should come first — peace or justice — and how best to save children caught up in the war. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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