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Cross Border Incursions By Ugandan Rebel Group As 10 Persons Are Abducted In Southeast Central Africa Republic

Ten persons were abducted on Monday, September 28, 2020 by rebels of Uganda-based Lord Resistance Army (LRA) in the village of Likhoua, situated about 84 kilometres from the town of Bambouti on the Obo highway.

According to accounts by those who escaped the Lord Resistance Army rebels locally called “Tongo-Tongo” attacked the village at about 15 hours during which they mounted separate roadblocks on the Bambouti and Obo highway.

“After installing the roadblocks, the rebels spent hours extorting money and valuables from road users, seizing personal valuables such as telephones, jewelries and even peeling dresses from the backs of people. They later disappeared into the forests, taking with them the abductees,” an escapee told HumAngle in Bangui.

“Some frightened villagers of Likhoua were forced to flee from the village to neighbouring localities such as Obo, 30 kilometres from Likhoua,” our source revealed.

Communities in the Upper Mbomou by this incident now suffer the proverbial double jeopardy with attacks coming from the militia group, Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) led by the self-proclaimed General Ali Darassa, in addition to those from the rebels of the LRA

The Lord Resistance Army (LRA), it is recalled, was formed in 1987 by Alice Lakwena in Uganda and after her death, was taken over by the self-proclaimed Prophet Joseph Kony. The group was originally created to defend the interests of the Acholis against the repressive government of President Yoweri Museveni.

However, over the years, the group has extended its atrocities across national frontiers to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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