Peace & Conflict #88: Surrendered LRA commander instructs UPDF forces

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Local officials said that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fighters have attacked Southern Sudan at least three times this month, forcing civilians to flee their homes. In the month of November, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that seven people were killed and eight were abducted in southern Sudan alone. Then, in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at least 16 people, for the most part civilians, were killed in LRA attacks causing many more civilians to flee their homes. Simultaneously, an independent Catholic news source reports that a group of 22 LRA-abducted children around age ten were released to missionaries in DRC.

According to an interview with a surrendered LRA Lt. Col., Charles Arop, LRA leader Joseph Kony has instructed his troops to move into Darfur and report to the first detachment of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) seeking protection and logistical support. Arop estimates that there are only about 250 rebels left, half the number they had before Operation Lightning Thunder. “Before the December 14 attack, we had about 500 fighters and 300 unarmed civilians. Most have died or defected since. We now have between 250 and 300 fighters left and not more than 100 civilians,” Arop said.

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