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UN chief admits lack of resources in Kony hunt

  • African Union and U.S.-backed military forces hunting fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) lack the resources required to be effective, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

    Ban admitted the force is short of equipment, training, food and transportation and has urged U.N. member states to provide the necessary resources.

    Kony is accused of terrorizing northern Uganda for the last two decades and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. His LRA has also been accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves.

    Kony's profile rose earlier this year after a video about him was posted on YouTube by a California filmmaker. The video has been viewed by tens of millions of people across the globe and was promoted on Twitter with the hashtag #Kony2012.

    A 5,000- strong African Union force began searching for Kony and the LRA in March. 

    In October, U.S. President Barack Obama said he was sending 100 military advisers to assist the African Union force.