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Support from locals seen as key to capturing Kony

GULU, Uganda — Adye Sunday isn't sure about the calls to kill or capture Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. Though the elusive warlord abducted her when she was 13 and forced her to be one of his dozens of "wives," the 25-year-old says he's also the father of her two children.

"I don't see Kony as a bad person," she said in her native Acholi dialect through a translator, as she mixed batter for vanilla cupcakes to sell in Gulu's market while her 31/2-year-old daughter Betty watched. "Everything done in the bush is blamed on Kony, but to me he's not a bad person."

Forces now hunting for Kony in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo are unlikely to find much sympathy for him as they might in Gulu in northern Uganda — 12 miles from where he was born — but some locals there have other concerns that complicate the military mission.

With more than 3,000 children abducted by the LRA since 2008, according to the U.N. and Human Rights Watch, families worry, for example, that troops hunting Kony will not be able to distinguish between the regular LRA fighters and their abducted children.