Expressing support for robust efforts by the United States to see Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, and his top commanders brought to justice and the group's atrocities permanently ended.
Whereas in February 2007, the World Bank estimated in its report, ``Development and the Next Generation'', that the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) forcibly recruited some 66,000 youth of all ages and sexes over the prior two decades from northern Uganda; Whereas since September 2008, Joseph Kony has directed the LRA in systematic, large-scale attacks against innocent civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and the newly formed Republic of South Sudan that have destabilized the region and resulted in the--
(1) deliberate killing of at least 2,400 Congolese, Central African, and South Sudanese civilians, many of whom were targeted in schools and churches;
(2) rape and brutal mutilation of an unknown number of men, women, and children;
(3) abduction of over 3,400 civilians, including at least 1,500 children, many of them forced to become child soldiers or sex slaves; and
(4) displacement of more than 465,000 civilians from their homes, many of whom do not have access to essential humanitarian assistance;
Whereas insecurity caused by the LRA has undermined efforts by the governments in the region, with the assistance of the United States and international community, to consolidate peace and stability in each of the countries affected, particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the newly formed Republic of South Sudan;...