CAR: More than 21,000 displaced by LRA violence, new OCHA map reveals
Widescale violence by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has forced more than 21,000 people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR), a new OCHA map reveals.
Across Central Africa, including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), CAR and Uganda, as many as 440,000 people are currently displaced by violent LRA activities. They range from killings, mutilations, abductions and sexual slavery, to the burning of houses and the looting of food and other commodities.
While people in neighbouring DRC have born the brunt of recent LRA activities, the map shows that the LRA’s continued presence is causing a protracted humanitarian crisis in CAR.
Nineteen UN agencies and NGOs are providing food, shelter and medical support to help people in the worst-affected areas, primarily in the south-east.
A recent report by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, called the LRA “a serious transnational threat in the Central African region, which, despite having no clear political agenda, continues to perpetrate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, and instil terror and fear in local populations”.
Last week, the UN Security Council issued a presidential statement calling for “an enhanced, comprehensive, and more regional approach to the humanitarian situation”.
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