It is estimated that more than 25,000 children have been kidnapped and forced to fight in some capacity in the decades-old conflict in Uganda (started in the early 1980s). Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has denied accusations that his army has recruited and kidnapped children. And while UN chief Ban Ki-moon has noted that:
…owing to the apparent absence of LRA from Ugandan terrority, there have been no recent cases of recruitement and use of Ugandan children, or other grave violations against children attributable to LRA…
he says that:
children and women are still present in the LRA ranks, and there has been no movement on their release. There are reports alleging that LRA has been recruiting children from southern Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
According to this article, however, the LRA says they have released all the children as requested by the United Nations and insist that the ones remaining in their ranks are family members of the Army.