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The LRA is blamed for mass murder, rape and kidnapping in the region.
A rare three-day meeting of 30 religious and community leaders as well as local government officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), south Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda criticised the “lack of a co-ordinated and comprehensive strategy” to tackle the rebels.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in two decades of fighting since LRA chief Joseph Kony took up arms, initially against the Ugandan government.
Long since driven out of Uganda, the quasi-religious cult has carved out a vast region of control in the dense forests of northeast DRC, south Sudan and CAR.
The attack — which was unreported until now — confirms that the LRA has restarted terrorising the region despite losing its bases in Sudan a few years ago, when Khartoum, its main backer, signed a peace deal with south Sudanese rebels.
Norah Anek, 86, the mother of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, died after a long illness, said nurse Betty Akello, who was with her when she died. Her son heads the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army, which has waged one of Africa’s longest and most brutal rebellions, in northern Uganda.
One of the men was tied to a tree and mutilated while six other victims were nailed to pieces of wood fastened to the ground and killed.
Villagers who found their bodies near the town of Nzara said it was like a “grotesque crucifixion scene”.
Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio has now appealed for international help to stop the attacks by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
“They were cut with pangas (machetes) and hit with clubs but some luckily managed to escape. Our forces came to know about the killings while pursuing the LRA yesterday and the pursuit is on for the killers.”
The Lord’s Resistance Army — led by Joseph Kony, who claims spiritual powers — sought to overthrow its government, demanding the constitution be replaced with a version of the Ten Commandments.
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