LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY (LRA) HITS SUDAN, UGANDA STARTS COMPENSATION
The latest raid from the LRA, the originally Ugandan army of bandits now based in parts of the DR Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan has left five people dead. Five bodies were found today in the Sudanese state of Western Equatoria. The five had been kidnapped by the LRA, says, Lexon Wari, director of the Commission for the Rehabilitation of Southern Sudan, quoted by the UN radio station 'Miraya Fm'. Fearing more LRA attacks, some of the residents of the villages in the area of Bangasu (about 45 km. from Yambio) have fled to the centre of the town. After two decades of aimless violence against civilians in northern Uganda, the Ugandan government has started to compensate victims of the LRA, especially those wounded or left disabled by the rebel attacks. Four years after the peace talks between the LRA leaders and the government – which have yet to produce any kind of an accord – Uganda is still evaluating and preparing a list of the victims that must be compensated. In northern Uganda the LRA, led by Joseph Kony – who is still wanted, has left tens of thousands of casualties and at least 20,000 people have been kidnapped (many of whom minors) to serve as combatants.