Over 30 U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to step up efforts to help several African nations combat Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.
Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, introduced a bipartisan measure Tuesday aimed at supporting and boosting "efforts to capture or kill Joseph Kony," the Senate Foreign Relations African Affairs Subcommittee chairman said in a statement.
"Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army have burned a path of destruction through Uganda and its neighbors in central Africa for the last 25 years," Coons said. "Kony represents the worst of mankind, and he and his commanders must be held accountable for their war crimes."
Among the measure's provisions is one urging the administration to continue working with Uganda, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan officials to bolster their militaries, and to help those forces better work together. It also "calls on the U.S. to utilize existing funds for ongoing programs to enhance mobility, intelligence, and logistical capabilities for partner forces engaged in efforts to protect civilians or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield," according to the Coons statement.
In October, months before a video by the charity Invisible Children put the warlord's brutality on the global stage, President Obama took a bold step by sending 100 elite troops to Africa. Their charge is to assist Uganda, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan in their fight against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
The Coons measure has the support of nearly one third of the entire Senate, including top Democrats like Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin of Michigan. Influential GOP senators like Arizona's John McCain and Orrin Hatch of Utah also have signed on.