AUGUST 21, 2009: LRA Attacks Drive Thousands From Their Homes

Rebels Drive Thousands From Their Homes in Southern Region of Country


Fresh attacks carried out by a notorious Ugandan rebel group have uprooted thousands of people and spreading panic in Southern Sudan, forcing the United Nations to suspend its humanitarian work in the area, the world body's refugee arm said today.

The 12 August attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Ezo district, in the remote Western Equatoria region near Sudan's border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reportedly killed two people and injured three others.

The rebels also abducted 10 girls from a local church, and they pillaged and torched homes, stealing food.

The following day, the LRA struck again in Bereamburu village, burning down the local church and health centre, as well as looting medical supplies...

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