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Kony Resumes Attacks

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“On November 5, a local militia group known as the Arrow Boys pursued the assailants. The six abducted men were released shortly thereafter, but it is unknown what became of the three abducted women,” said the group.

The brutal gang of killers on Thursday further attacked Ezo, also in South Sudan, where it abducted at least three people.

“The assailants also set fire to multiple houses and looted various unspecified goods from the town. Of the three people they abducted, two were released, and one was killed in the forest,” said Invisible Children.

The reports underscore the dangers posed to civilians by the renewed hostilities against civilians in South Sudan.

Uganda and United States military forces have since 2009 been pursuing LRA in the jungles of DRC and Central African Republic where the remnants of the militia that killed thousands in Northern Uganda, are suspected to be hiding.

LRA Assured of safety

Meanwhile, at the end of their joint mission to Bangui (Central African Republic) and Juba (South Sudan) from 31 October to 1st November, Messrs. Francisco Madeira, the AU Special Envoy for the LRA, and Abou Moussa, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), called on the fighters of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that are still in the bush to stop their activities and return to normal life.

“We ask them to be receptive to the messages they receive through various channels on the need to contribute to the creation of favorable conditions for a return to peace and security in the CAR. For this, they should just abandon Joseph Kony, the LRA leader, who we invite also, once again, to lay down his arms,” said Abou Moussa.

“We know that women and children were forcibly recruited by the LRA commanders. We tell them not to be afraid of anything either. In case of withdrawal from the LRA, they will be welcomed, their security will be guaranteed and discussions will be initiated to organize their social reintegration or their resettlement”, added Francisco Madeira, recalling that mechanisms have been put in place for this purpose, including the process of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR).

In this regard, the UN and the AU indicated that contact and assembly points exist in areas likely to contain the LRA.

This message was particularly important given information received at various meetings in Bangui regarding the desire expressed by some LRA fighters to defect in Nzako, in the South-eastern CAR.

Although the figures initially provided by the authorities of the transition (over a thousand) are not consistent with those of NGOs working on the ground (about twenty), the UN and the AU believe that they should continue to follow carefully the developments on this issue.

“We are ready to intervene at the appropriate time, with the help of international partners and the assistance of humanitarian organizations to provide support to people concerned,” insisted Messrs. Madeira and Moussa, encouraging the Central African government to continue its “considerable efforts” in the fight against the LRA, despite the deep crisis in the country since December 2012.

Exchanges with Messrs. Nicolas Tiangaye and Michel Djotodia, respectively Prime Minister and Head of State of the Transition, allow to appreciate their willingness to support this cause and to facilitate operations of the Regional Task Force set up by the AU to track down Joseph Kony and his elements.

They underlined the need for a regional summit that would bring together leaders of the affected countries in order to discuss the issue and give a new impetus to the implementation of the Regional cooperation initiative of the African Union for the elimination of the LRA.

Supported by the United Nations, this Initiative is on track since its official launch in Juba in March 2012, even if its operational capacities should be strengthened to ensure its optimal performance.

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