By Watchdog reporter

Human Rights Watch has said UPDF soldiers sexually abused at least 13 girls and women in Central Africa Republic while on the hunt for Joseph Kony

In a statement, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it interviewed more than a dozen women and girls who accused soldiers of using food to manipulate them into abusive sexual acts.

“Ugandan soldiers … have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape. Two of the women were girls when the exploitation or abuse took place,” HRW said.

UPDF first arrived in Central African Republic in 2009 as part of a U.S.-supported African Union force seeking to defeat Kony.