Regarding the Sept. 30 front-page article “Shady partners in Kony mission”:
The African Union-led mission to track down Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) will fail unless it finds Mr. Kony, whose last known location was in Kafia Kingi near the Central African Republic border. It is imperative that African troops and U.S. military advisers work in that area, which is controlled by former Seleka commanders. Without critical information from knowledgeable locals, the mission will fail.
The African-led mission has had a major impact in preventing atrocities and improving security. Since the mission’s deployment, LRA attacks have decreased by 90 percent. Although the ex-Seleka are not Islamist insurgents, as are the Islamic State and Boko Haram groups, U.S. advisers should absolutely not give them financial assistance.
However, if the counter-LRA mission does not search for Mr. Kony, the brutal LRA, responsible for more than 100,000 deaths, probably would regroup to restart mass abductions of children. That would be a humanitarian disaster.
Sasha Lezhnev, Washington
The writer is associate director of policy for the Enough Project.