Nairobi — An unusual dateline – Obo, Central African Republic – appeared in newspapers and on radio broadcasts across the globe Monday morning.
A string of stories were published and aired by reporters who were taken to a base that is one of four used by U.S. Special Forces involved in the search for the Ugandan-born Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has carried on a terror campaign victimizing civilians across the central African region for more than two decades.
Arranged by the U.S. State Department, the trip was intended to focus media attention on the international effort to apprehend Kony and other LRA leaders, American officials said.
A contingent of 100 U.S. Special Forces is working with thousands of soldiers from four armies in the region – from Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic.
“In Obo, the terrain is so remote that it took the U.S. military four months to carve out its jungle camp,” according to the Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock.
“About half of the U.S. contingent is based at a joint operations center near the international airport in Entebbe, Uganda,” Whitlock wrote. The other base camps — no less remote, according to U.S. officials, are at Djema in the Central African Republic, Dungu in the DRC and Nzara in South Sudan. “The military arranged for journalists to arrive on chartered Cessnas, scattering stray dogs while landing on a makeshift dirt runway,” he said in his Washington Post article. Read more…