A joint report by The Resolve and Invisible Children sets out the abductions committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa in the first six months of this year. Click through on the link below for more details.

From Reuters

Lord’s Resistance Army kidnappings hit six-year high: monitors

The LRA, a Ugandan rebellion headed by messianic leader Joseph Kony, abducted 498 civilians between January and June, according to a report by The Resolve and Invisible Children, two groups that track LRA violence.

Seventeen people were also killed during 122 attacks recorded during the period, nearly all of which occurred in northern Democratic Republic of Congo and eastern Central African Republic (CAR).

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From Invisible Children

KONY’S LRA RESURGENT AS UGANDAN MILITARY PLANS WITHDRAWAL FROM CENTRAL AFRICA

Fighters from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted 344 Central Africans in the first six months of 2016, posing a resurgent threat to civilians detailed in the Midyear 2016 Security Brief, a new LRA Crisis Tracker report released today. The increase in LRA violence comes as Uganda considers withdrawing troops deployed in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) from the African Union Regional Task Force. The United Nations Security Council is also expected to renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping operation in CAR (MINUSCA) this week.

“The international community must do more to protect civilians in eastern CAR from the LRA and other armed groups,” said Sean Poole, Director of International Programs at Invisible Children. “Failure to keep civilians safe will only embolden spoilers to peace.”

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