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Franois Louncny Fall, the acting head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, UNOCA, told the UN Security Council that the LRA continues to Kill, abduct and cause mayhem to communities where it operates.
François Louncény Fall, the acting head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, UNOCA,

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The Lord's Resistance Army –LRA rebel group, is continuing to cause unspeakable suffering for civilians in Central African Republic -CAR and neighboring countries- according to the UN's Special Representative for the region.

François Louncény Fall, the acting head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, UNOCA, said this while briefing the United Nations Security Council in New York this morning, on the main threats to peace and security in the region.

He said that the government in CAR had made progress by engaging with armed groups and by adopting a national strategy on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation.

However, he added, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) remains a threat to regional security, adding that its attacks caused “unspeakable” suffering to civilians. Fall told the Security Council that the group which has terrorized Uganda, CAR, South Sudan and DRC since the late 1980's, continues to Kill, abduct and cause mayhem to communities where it operates. It is also linked to poaching and trafficking in wildlife.

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The LRA perpetrated 191 attacks this year according to the LRA Crisis Tracker, a joint project of Invisible Children and Resolve, documenting activities of the LRA in the region.

The tracker shows that the LRA perpetrated 23 killings and 703 abductions this year compared to 12 killings and 632 in the previous. This indicates a 91.7 percent increase in fatalities and a 11.2 percent increase in abductions.

In one of their latest attacks, cited on the LRA Crisis Tracker, 20 LRA forces attacked the community of Yangou Péndéré, CAR, looted peanuts, corn, rice, and cassava before abducting 14 civilians. At least 10 of the assailants were armed with AK-type weapons. Community members say that they spoke Acholi and Lingala.

Earlier, on November 18, LRA forces attacked a pastoralist camp 17 km southeast of Obo on the Obo-Bambouti axis in the Central African Republic, killed a 49-year-old pastoralist who was at the camp and 3 cows.  Two days ago, the rebel outfit set up a roadblock near Gangala in the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC, and looted 4 civilians traveling on bicycles and motorbikes, according to the report.

“However, the United Nations is concerned about Uganda's intention, announced on 31 December, to withdraw its troops from the African Union regional task force, he said, cautioning that such an action would lead to a security void that the LRA could exploit to attack populations,” he explained.

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF announced mid this year that they were ending operations to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army rebels in Central African Republic. Uganda had a contingent of 2,500 troops in CAR.

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