Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 January 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / UNHCR increasingly concerned about continued attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

 


 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / UNHCR increasingly concerned about continued attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) January 14, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations Refugee Agency says it is increasingly concerned about continued attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Oriental Province, which borders Uganda and South Sudan. 

 

UNHCR’s team in Dungu reports that LRA has killed an estimated 537 people, and kidnapped 408 others, since violence broke out there last September.  According to rough estimates, more than 100,000 people have been forcibly displaced.  Many are still hiding in the bush, particularly in areas around the town of Faradje.  UNHCR is working with local authorities and other agencies to find ways to deliver aid in these insecure and inaccessible areas.

 

Also, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region, will brief the Security Council on the Democratic Republic of the Congo talks this coming Thursday.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 


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