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President Barack Obama announced last Friday by an executive order that the United States will deploy 100 military advisors to Uganda. These military personnel will support U.S. allies in Africa in the fight against Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a violent guerilla group. Here are some facts that may have persuaded Obama to deploy U.S. soldiers to intervene:

100,000: number of Ugandans killed in LRA violence as of 2007

1,900: people killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo between September 2008 and December 2010

1.7 million: number of internally displaced Ugandans as of 2007

30,000: number of children abducted from Uganda between 1998 and 2004

Sources: online.wsj.com and www.theresolve.org