The Lord’s Resistance Army has been tormenting villages in Eastern Africa for more than two decades in one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. The revolt in Uganda ended in 2005 but the rebels moved on and now terrorize the Congo.
Two women, whose lips were cut off in December by the LRA
One of the worst attacks of the 23-year insurgency took place only a few months ago and the UN has just learned of yet another incident.
Though the most recent attacks took place in February, they remained unreported and under the radar of the rest of the world until last weekend, when the UN’s top humanitarian official, John Holmes, met with escaped victims and local authorities.
One victim, a young mother, had her lips pulled with pliers as they cut them, along with her right ear, off with a knife. The rebels mutilate people like this everywhere they go as a savage warning to those who dare speak of, or hear about the LRA. Often, kidnapped boys as young as 10 or 11 are forced to carry out these heinous acts.
Since peace talks broke down in September of 2008, LRA rebels have slaughtered 1,600 civilians and kidnapped another 2,500 who will presumably be tortured and killed or become child soldiers.
According to Invisible Children, the LRA has no known agenda except killing and kidnapping people, mainly children, to swell their ranks.
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