Uganda LRA Rebels Sue For Peace In Central African Republic Village

The Ugandan rebels are asking for an armistice, and to be allowed residence at Obo village in Central African Republic after a period of protracted fighting.

Rebels of the Ugandan Lord Resistance Army (LRA) have written to the Central African Republic authorities to be allowed settlement in Obo village.

According to the letter dated Jan. 14, 2022, the LRA rebels requested dialogue with the authorities of the town with a view to contributing towards a definitive return of peace in the border region of the Central African Republic.

The letter, which was sent to Jude Ngayoko, the Prefect of Haut-Mbomou prefecture, indicated the location of the LRA rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo as proof that they were serious about the peace offer.

However, for the Central African Republic military high command, the LRA, which has been considerably weakened, is just searching for a way to create a fall-back base in the Central African Republic.

“There is every reason to doubt the sincerity of the terrorist organisation. The demand has to be analysed with a lot of precautions,” a senior military officer of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, declared.

The Lord Resistance Army was created in 1987 during the Ugandan civil war by Alice Lakwena but was taken over by Joseph Kony.

It is a terrorist organisation which operates in northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the United Nations, the LRA has massacred over 100,000 persons since its creation and its leader, Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. 

It is accused of abducting over 60,000 children and turning them into child soldiers as well as causing the displacement of over 1.7 million people in the areas where it operates.

The United Nations estimates that over 80 per cent of LRA combatants are children.

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