UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations wants an African Union force hunting fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to be fully equipped by December, according to a UN strategy due to be presented to the world body's Security Council on Wednesday.
The AU force, which has US backing, aims to have a full strength of 5,000 troops from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda, but lacks equipment, training, food and transportation.
"These troops lack almost everything," AU special envoy on the LRA Francisco Madeira told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
"They lack boots, they lack uniforms, they lack food rations and sometimes they lack training. So there is a need for these things to be supplied."
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