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LRA rebels threaten attacks during Christmas

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By Richard Ruati

December 17, 2009 (YAMBIO) — Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which operates in the lawless north-eastern Congo, are threatening to repeat the massacres they committed during the 2008 Christmas in which over 800 Congolese civilians were brutally murdered, the U.S.-based advocacy Group Enough said Thursday.

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LRA soldiers keep guard at the assembly point in Ri-Kwangba on the Sudan-Congo border, Western Equatoria, April 10, 2008. (Reuters)

Speaking via telephone hookup from Kampala an Enough field researcher spoke to Congolese civilians who had received direct warnings from the LRA of fresh attacks against the villages of Ngilima, Bangadi and Niangara.

"Residents of Bangadi and Niangara, as well as local and international relief organizations, also reported having seen letters from the rebels threatening mass killings during the upcoming holiday period," recounted Enough Field Researcher, Ledio Cakaj.

Vulnerable Congolese civilians quoted the rebels as saying "We Will Celebrate Christmas with You"

He added that, "We spoke to former captives of the LRA who recently escaped. They frequently heard the rebels talk about ’celebrating’ Christmas with the people of Ngilima, a clear reference to LRA attacks of last Christmas."

The LRA might be planning fresh Christmas attacks as a response to recent claims by the Congolese and Ugandan governments that the rebels are finished.

TIME LINE OF MORE ATTACKS

Recent LRA attacks against Ngirimo, Bangadi and Niangara demonstrate that the insurgency is far from over, and that the LRA is as brutal as ever. On November 26, a family of eight was burned alive by the LRA in their hut close to Bangadi, 45 km inside Congo from southwestern Sudan, where the rebels have maimed and terrorized many villages.

Similar attacks reported in the villages of Ngirimo and Niangara have left more many dead.

On December 2, LRA rebels captured and cut off the ears and lips of a man near Bangadi. On December 12, two men and a woman were mutilated by LRA rebels in Ngulu, 25 km southeast of Bangadi.

Although Congolese soldiers are stationed in a few LRA-affected areas, these forces are raping, killing, and looting the very population they are supposed to protect. “Living with the Congolese army is like living with a viper,” a local resident told Enough Researcher. “I have never seen worse behaving people throughout my life.”

U.N. peacekeepers are absent in the villages where the threat of LRA attacks is most acute. Humanitarian organizations have called for increased U.N. troops to provide civilian protection for the last two years. A new battalion of Tunisian peacekeepers was approved by the U.N. Security Council in November 2008, but these badly needed reinforcements will not arrive in Orientale until at least February 2010.

"The status quo in northeastern Congo and other LRA affected areas is a miserable failure with an appalling human cost." said Enough Co-Founder John Prendergast. "As a matter of urgency, the United Nations Security Council must work with regional governments and other concerned nations to put in place a more effective counter-insurgency strategy to end the LRA threat once and for all." military duties," he said.

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  • 18 December 2009 03:20, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    The solution is easy and simple, AB must abandan celebration of christmass and they have to protect my people. I don’t have to talk about poor SPLA failure and loser in every action. Even poor governor and support of SPLA in WES has fail to deal with the situation of insecurity. Lets not allow ourselves in WES to celebrate the christmass with agony. AB take the courage and risk like you did for the last 21 years.

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    • 18 December 2009 04:34, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      there are no LRA the are so called aroow boy who abandan their country Congo and uganda and come to sudan to make their business for kill DINKA people. all of equatroia are congoles and ugandanese the are not sudanese in nature but sooner than later they will be sent back to their countries they just bering in HIV aids to sudan due to their business with those countries what a shame to be in that community

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      • 18 December 2009 07:15, by Comet Zone

        Dinka dominated SPLA

        You barking dog remember always that there is a biting dog which will soon force you to take settle in your mother’s ass. That is how a coward always talk after your graduation of slavery from kakuma camp then today you are here calling yourself a human being with all that stinking rotten mouth pointing your finger on equatorians that they are Ugandan, Congolese etc
        Shame on you idiot

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        • 18 December 2009 13:09, by Ajaviga

          Dear Fellow brothers from Equatoria region of South Sudan,let us unite as per our common ancestral origin to cave our own country that will comprise of the present Northern Uganda and Equatoria region of South Sudan.The name of the new nation shall be "Ladoland".

          Let us leave these people who use cowdung for everything in there own quagmire.My brothers in LRA,do not kill innocent civilans,if this is a propanda against your movement,please speak out.I know the loud mouthed Westerm Media is the mouth pieace of the Colonialist.

          In Northern Uganda,it was the Ugandan Army that committed untold atrocities against the civilians to tarnish the LRA image.You are strong to institute a new nation in the heart of Africa.The LRA struggle will continue until corruption,nepotism,tribalism,misrule is wiped off from Uganda and the South Sudan nation to be in near future.

          It is the Ugandan army killing the civilan population in Western Equatoria and DRC to gain public opinion.If the LRA have been killing,it’s for self defense.Every rebel movement in Africa has committed atrocities like those pretending to be clean like NRA,SPLA.

          The 2011 shall be a year of reckoning,Museven will be overthrown,South Sudan open another fresh conflict with the North Sudan,the Equatorians will strive to liberate themselves from people with no lower incissors,Eastern Congolese will start war of succession from Kinshasa.The Year will be tough and bloody.
          This coming fire will not be put off by any bogus UN Peace keeping Mission.

          Chief Intelligency Comrade

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      • 18 December 2009 11:13, by Seigneur

        You son of devil claiming Dinka Dominated SPLA,

        Shut up your rotten mouth full of your cattle faeces.
        Equatorians are also people and Sudanese. Maybe it is your Mum who came from the counrties you are talking about.
        Do you think that equatorians don’t know that you are behind the barbaric attacks of your brothers LRA on innocent WES people?
        Let me tell you, you will not turn WES to your ’Murah’ for grazing your wives the cattle.
        Shame on you cattle fuckers.

        Equatoria oyeeeeeeeee

        Cheers

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      • 20 December 2009 05:40, by devil

        You ugly bustard poor crazy bull with a head without brain.

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    • 18 December 2009 06:02, by BUSTA 2

      I agreed with Logic_Boy,

      Without our Arrow Boys, by now LRA would have taken all WES and turn it into their base due to the present WES Arrow Boys there is a little abit peace.

      Leave alone Dinka Government and the curren Governor is full of Dinka’s mind little did she know that her numbered, she should have done somthing because of her ignorance there she will end.

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

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      • 18 December 2009 07:27, by pol d

        SHAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEM on you guys Busta and Logic,nothings
        called LRA in Equatoria, all are fucken Luo ACHOLI, like the mess
        up western Ethiopia, but tribe call Anuak killing Nuer, and Ethiopian citizen,the same Shilluk in Upper Nile
        killing Dinka and Nuer day/night.

        Achli of Equatoria are all LRA,no one else,
        don’t worry great SPLA boys and girls will help weaks
        Equatoria people soon, MY RED ARM KILLED ODUHO IN JONGLEI

        GOD BLESS OUR ENEMY BUSTA/LOGIC

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        • 18 December 2009 08:13, by okello nen

          LRA Oyee welcome to south sudan the place of failure of what so call spla spla.

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    • 19 December 2009 23:00, by Tongthok

      Mr. Logic,

      Tongthok is here and as I told you recently, we don’t care about you. You need to get your ass on the ground to protect your people mother fucker. Why do you need somebody to protect you and your people when you run your mouth too much. Arrows don’t existed you better train how to used guns. Good luck asking other people to come help you.

      Tongthok.

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  • 18 December 2009 17:29, by Time1

    LRA is now evolved in a more terrorist group which is supported by foriegn individuals and countries, they get support from first CHURCHES who help to hide them and smuggle weapons to LRA, then you have foriegn companies who are dealing in gold and diamond, they use LRA as a tool to kill, frighten and desperse Congolese civilians fromt heir lands so they use it to obtain minerals, this is a biug crimes which African Union has to get involve to help Congo, but LRA ability has been weakened, LRA in killing people in Central Africa, can any body tell if this really make sense? what is the connection between LRA and central Africa republic, why suddenyl LRA knows their territory very well and is terrorising civilians who have no connection with Ugandan government or even with Sudan? How does LRA move around very fast and quickly throughout the region between Sudan, Congo and Central Africa without having a vehicle or even modern equipment like GPS and Maps? Where does LRA get their communication ssttelite phones from? All this questions need to be answered, This prove clearly that their are foriegn sources involved in the LRA terrorism, i suspect international mining companies from the west and Churches in one side covering up this operations of LRA to destabilize the region, and then ofcourse the Arabs in Khartoum government who wants to show its presents at all costs, SPLA has to put serious considerations on this matter to add to their suspicion also countries in the region, Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa republis need to do more in their intelligence cooperation and military operations, that is the best way to keep the region secured and stable in the long run, do not trust foreign bodies.

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