Does LRA's Ghost Still Threaten Uganda!

Although time has passed since the LRA crashed after defeats and the movement elapsed, Uganda fears its ghost. The country now enters new era in which multi-party system prevail to strengthen stability.

However, this page document previous challenges while the government treated the Ugandan rebels that disrupted also many countries in the area like Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Cong (DRC).

It is interesting that the Sudanese military religious regime, a regime that is wanted by the international Criminal Court, the ICC has tried to delegate peace talks with the Ugandan government and LRA, which is wanted by the same court.

But, the Ugandan authorities refused to sit with criminals wanted by the ICC.

Uganda's Foreign Minister Okello Oryem confirmed that there's no reason to meet indicted leaders and suggested the rebel insurgency's leadership be arrested. He said clearly, "We cannot have head-to-head meetings with the indicted LRA commanders. We would have to arrest them immediately".

He warned that the LRA is a regional problem now, not a Ugandan problem. "Those countries, in which they hide, namely South Sudan and the DRC, have a responsibility to act, along with the UN forces", he declared.

Uganda has refused also the delegation of South Sudan, when a delegation headed by South Sudan's vice President, Riek Machar, held meetings with the LRA leadership.

The taks were aimed to pave the way for political resettlement to the Ugandans conflict. Such takes with the Ugandan rebels have started when the southern Sudanese authority expelled the LRA forces from their locations in southern Sudan.

The LRA rebels leader Joseph Koney said during one of the meetings that his rebels are fighting for peace. He declared willingness to negotiate peace to end two decades of fighting that claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced nearly two million Ugandans.

"The LRA is ready to talk peace and end the war in a good way, not by force", he addressed the concerned authorities in Uganda and the international community in a video footage while talking with the Sudanese delegation.

The LRA's Crimes!

The United Nations issued a report about the crimes committed by LRA in Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Such cruel crimes against even children hasn't happened recently elsewhere in the Horn of Africa.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was silent for some years, as if it was deaf.

The International Police Organisation (Interpol) has at the same time issued notices including the wanted names of Kony and four of his commanders on behave of the ICC. The ICC indicted the five leaders on 12 counts of crimes against humanity and 21 counts of war crimes.

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has killed and abducted thousands of children, men and women in its homeland, Sudan and DRC.

The United Nations reported what the international organization called rampage of killings, rape and mutilation in the neighbouring countries, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The UN report says the Ugandan rebel; the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has killed 1,300 civilians, abducted 1,400 including hundreds of women and children, and displaced almost 300,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) raids different areas in the Ugandan borders with DRC and southern Sudan many times. LRA is also notorious for two decades of murderous rampages in its homeland, according to the United Nations.

Joint reports by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the Untied Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), have detailed those murderous rampages.

Reports called for international action to halt the slaughter and bring those accountable for such crimes to trial. The report on Sudan said, "The brutality employed during the attacks was consistent, deliberate and egregious," and suggested that machetes, axes, knives and hoes were used as preferred weapons even against babies.

The United Nations said the report cited gruesome witness accounts, including that of a man who reported discovering the mutilated body of a fellow villager, as the villager's leg had been chopped off, his jaws had been dislocated and his teeth had been pulled out.

The report of the Democratic Republic of Congo said that LRA killed at least 1,200 people in DRC, abducted 1,400 people and displaced 230,000 people in dozens of attacks on towns and villages in Orientale province in the period from September 2008 to June 2009.

These attacks involved mutilations, torture and multiple rapes. The junta often raped women and girls before they killed them. They forced many of the abducted to marry LRA members and subjected them to sexual slavery, or both.

While people buried the dead in the town of Batande, they testified to the UN human rights staff that they have found a dozen of women with their hands tied, cloths torn and legs apart.

The UN said two groups of between 100 and 150 LRA fighters killed at least 477 civilians and abducted hundreds of people in most devastating wave of synchronized attacks during the 24 hours period on Christmas Day in 2008.

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