More than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves were abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army over the past two years, the United Nations (UN) said on Wednesday, June 6. “These children are used in various roles: as combatants, as spies, as guards, as porters, as cooks. They are often forced to kill their family and friends, especially in the villages that they come from,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative on children and conflict, told reporters. She added that almost all the girls kidnapped were raped or forcibly married to combatants. Most of them had children born of rape and had AIDS and other illnesses when they escaped or were released. Kony, who launched his rebellion in Uganda two decades ago, is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
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