he Lord’s Resistance Army, a cultish militia that has terrorized parts of Africa for decades, has launched a new spate of attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo this year after a lull in the second half of 2011, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a video aimed at stopping the cult’s leader goes viral
Earlier this month Ugandan troops almost caught Joseph Kony, the leader of the quasi-religious Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA). The LRA is accused of widespread atrocities across several countries
US President Barack Obama has said he is sending about 100 US soldiers to Uganda to help regional forces battle the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army.
The LRA is blamed for mass murder, rape and kidnapping in the region.
Co-ordinated action must be taken to end the long-running brutal campaign
by the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) rebels, leaders from the four countries affected said yesterday.
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
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.
At least 321 people were killed and hundreds were abducted in one of the worst massacres by Africa’s most feared rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December.
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.
reports that the mother of one of Africa’s most notorious rebel leaders relayed one last wish for her son before her death Wednesday, according to a nurse at her deathbed: Make peace.
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.
Marauding bands of guerrillas have crucified seven Christians during a series of raids on villages in Sudan.
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
The Ugandan army on Sunday accused Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) rebels of hacking to death 45 people in a church in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“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.”
Congo’s national army joined Ugandan forces and southern Sudanese militia in a military operation Sunday meant to root out pockets of the Lord’s Resistance Army
— which had been preparing to launch an assault on Uganda from camps in eastern Congo, a joint statement from the three said.
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.