LRA splits into autonomous mobile groups

A report tabled before the UN Security Council indicates that the Lord’s Resistance Army has split into several highly mobile groups operating with a significant degree of autonomy in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It indicates that the LRA s involved primarily in survival mode activities that entail attacking civilians, killing, looting and kidnapping.

It adds that there have been no reports of recent premeditated mass killings or other grave human rights abuses.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 65 presumed attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army were reported during the first quarter of 2014 in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in 93 abductions and two deaths.

The report says that the number of reported deaths decreased significantly compared with the first quarters of 2012 and 2013 respectively, while the number of abductions, although still high, declined compared with the fourth quarter of 2013.

The report says that the number of persons displaced in Lord’s Resistance Army-affected areas of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan decreased from 326,448 persons as at 31 December 2013 to 159,927 persons as at 31 March 2014.

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

May 13 2014