NGOs Urge International Action Against Ugandan Rebel Group

A group of Sudanese displaced by violent attacks of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Several relief organizations have appealed for international action to stop LRA-instigated violence. Photo by: Tim McKulka / United Nations

A group of 19 aid organizations have called for international intervention against potential violence that could be perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army. It is feared that the Ugandan rebel group may carry out attacks in Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo during the Christmas period.

LRA is already raiding communities in these African states up to four times a week, according to a report from the aid groups, which include Oxfam, Christian Aid, Refugees International, World Vision and War Child U.K.

The United Nations Security Council has sent 900 peacekeepers to a remote region in DRC, which was previously raided by LRA during Christmas time in 2008 and 2009. The U.S. also pledged to help defeat the rebel group, Deutsche Welle reports.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.