SEPTEMBER 29, 2010: Sudan Government Earmarks U.S.$2 Million to Fight LRA

Sudan Government Earmarks U.S.$2 Million to Fight LRA

SOURCE: The Monitor

By John Njoroge


The Southern Sudanese Parliament has allocated five million Sudanese pounds ($2 million) to provide local community militia groups also known as "Arrow Boys" with weapons to fight the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The announcement was made yesterday.

The money will be used to supply the groups with guns, communication systems and training. The groups will be trained and will be expected to maintain close contact with the south's military that also constitutes former rebel fighters of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

Militia

The 'Arrow Boys' armed with machetes, spears and clubs have been protecting rural communities against regular attacks from LRA fighters. The Southern Sudanese army is overwhelmed by the vast jungle region leaving some of these communities barely protected.

After Operation Lightning Thunder, the LRA took refuge in the dense forests of south Sudan, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). It is believed that some 400 LRA fighters are operating in 10 different groups in these three countries.

Efforts by Daily Monitor to reach the Government of Southern Sudan Information and Broadcasting Minister, Dr Barnabas Marial Benjamin were fruitless as his known phone number could not go through.

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