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Kony’s LRA Step Up Attacks

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discount http://cosmeticscop.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-installer-skin.php geneva;”>In their quarterly Security brief ‘LRA Crisis Tracker’ released on Tuesday, http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/contact-form.php the organization analyzes patterns in LRA activity in the first three months of the year (January- March 2013).

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This report highlights activities like attacks, abductions, defections from the LRA ranks and killings in the first quarter of this year.

An organization committed to bringing a permanent end to the LRA conflict within and outside Uganda, Invisible Children confirmed that the growing number of defections from the LRA ranks demonstrate a decline in LRA’s fighting strength and capacity to wreck havoc.

The report indicates that the LRA rebels committed 58 attacks between January and March 2013 (Q1 2013), compared to 36 attacks between October and December 2012.

The increase in LRA attacks in early 2013 continues, a trend seen in early 2012 and early 2011, in which the number of LRA attacks rose compared to the last three months of the previous year. “Despite the rise in attacks, the LRA committed fewer abductions in early 2013 (69) than in late 2012 (111).”

Meanwhile, the LRA attacks in CAR are reported to have been more violent. It committed 72 percent of its attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, compared to 28 percent in Central African Republic (CAR). However, the LRA committed 54 percent of its killings and 39 percent of its abductions in Q1 2013 in CAR.

In 2012, the LRA committed just 19 percent of its attacks in CAR, but committed 75 percent of its killings and 44 percent of its abductions there.

The Rebel group is also reported to have lost long-term abductees, 37 people (28 women and children) who had been with the LRA for 6 months or more returned from the rebel group. They were released by the LRA in Bas Uele district, Congo on March 21. 4 of these long-term returnees were Ugandans.

The high number of long-term returnees continues, a trend that begun in 2012, when at least 31 long-term Ugandan members of the LRA returned from the rebel group, many in the latter half of the year

Invisible Children is an international NGO working to assist communities in LRA-affected areas of Central Africa by expanding community-based early warning systems, reaching out to potential LRA defectors and affected communities through FM radio, and rehabilitating formerly-abducted children.

The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative, formerly Resolve, is a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization seeking to move US and international political leaders to take the actions needed to see a permanent end to the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa and justice to LRA-affected communities.

This data was collected as part of the Invisible Children +The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative LRA Crisis Tracker, a geospatial database and reporting project which aims to track incidents of violent conflict in areas of Central Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Uganda Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala told reporters in Kampala on Monday that Kony has been defeated and can no longer be considered a national security threat.

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