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15 Feb 2016 description

Publication date: Feb 2016

The transnational nature of armed groups is a hallmark of contemporary conflict in Africa. Our former East and Central Africa Projects Manager, Ned Dalby, shares his reflection

Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin, Al-Shabaab in the Horn and a cocktail of criminal, extremist and rebel groups in the Sahel defy easy solutions in part because of their cross-border reach. 

26 Feb 2015 description

Ongwen capturé mais les luttes pour le pouvoir éclipsent le conflit de la LRA

L'année a commencé avec l'annonce de la reddition de Domininc Ongwen. C'est un considérable pas en avant dans les efforts en vue de mettre fin à la notoire Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA).

Cependant, la région se heurte à de nombreux défis sur le plan de la sécurité et de la situation politique, y compris la LRA, qui est encore active. Cette édition de Voix de Paix dévoile la réalité inquiétante de la région.

26 Feb 2015 description

Ongwen captured but power struggles overshadow LRA conflict

The year has begun with the news of Dominic Ongwen’s surrender. This is a major step towards the end of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

However, the region is still facing grave security and political challenges, including the still active LRA. This edition of Voice of Peace exposes the troubling reality of the region.

27 Nov 2014 description

Over 100 LRA captives released, but why?

In the last three months, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has released 120 long-term captives, mainly women (59) and children (58), in five separate waves in DRC and CAR. This remarkable shift in the LRA’s behaviour raises important questions about the reasons why and the way in which international and local actors should respond.

05 Aug 2014 description

Since 2008 the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been abducting children and adults in the neglected border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The thousands who survive this ordeal must then embark on the painful process of reintegrating into normal civilian life.

01 Aug 2014 description

In the far north east of the DRC daily life is dominated by constant insecurity. This is a result of continuing attacks by the LRA, confrontations with a growing number of Mbororo cattle herders and banditry. This report analyses the challenges of protecting civilians in the LRA affected areas of DRC and suggests ways forward.

01 Aug 2014 description

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of thousands of civilians in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Unpredictable attacks and the awful memory of past atrocities prevent local communities from pursuing their traditional means of subsistence. They struggle to cope with severe individual and collective trauma and to accept family members and neighbours whom the LRA kidnapped and forced to kill.

06 Nov 2013 description

At a glance:

  • Editorial Opinion: p.2 Focus on local organizations working for peace
  • Protection committees: p.2 Community-level conflict resolution
  • Regional situation report: p.3–4
  • UNHCR Award: p.4 Sister Angélique
  • Radio shows: p.5
  • Border communities’ peacebuilding: p.6
  • Regional Civil Society Task Force: p.6
  • Reintegration therapy & interchurch peace committees: p.7
11 Jul 2013 description

What’s inside

• Editorial opinion p.2

• Reinstatement of Uganda’s Amnesty Act p.2

• Regional situation report (continued) p.3

• DRC defections: missed opportunities p.4

• Six ways to escape from the LRA p.5

• Crisis in CAR continues p.6

• The decline of reception centres in Uganda p.7

• Making connections through training p.8

30 Mar 2013 description

What’s inside:

Uganda’s Amnesty Law 2

Crisis in CAR: eye witness 4

Returnee story 5

DRC troops & regional miliitary taskforce 6

M23 & LRA 6

CAR: Crisis continues 8

14 Feb 2013 description

Depuis plusieurs années la communauté internationale a essaye de stabiliser l'Est de la RDC, a un cout des milliards de dollars, mais cette paix durable continue de faire défaut. Les élections présidentielles et législatives de novembre 2011 étaient perçues comme étant peu crédibles et en ce qui concerne les élections provinciales et locales, elles ont été reportées indéfiniment. Peu de progrès ont été constatés quant aux réformes cruciales dans les secteurs de la justice, la sécurité, les affaires foncières et de la gouvernance.

31 Jan 2013 description

In the East and Central Africa programme region, 2012 was a year of ups and downs, peaks and troughs of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activity. The year saw a rising tide of other problems such as explosions of conflict elsewhere, both in affected states and beyond.

21 Sep 2012 description

The Lord’s Resistance Army thrives by causing terror to populations in Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and South Sudan. They attack civilians and sustain their ranks through abductions and looted supplies.

Given this well practiced tactic, more than forty civil society leaders from the affected region urge that a clear way to stem the LRA’s power is to improve infrastructure and provision of basic services at a local level – protecting the vulnerable communities that are otherwise targeted.

20 Apr 2012 description

Renewed military action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) risks triggering further devastation for local people in DR of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan unless more is done to protect civilians and prevent retaliations by one of Africa’s most brutal rebel groups, ten local organisations and international agencies said today.

31 Oct 2010 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 25 year-old Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) conflict has left a terrible legacy in Africa's Great Lakes region. Military action and local, national, regional and international diplomatic attempts to end this war have all failed. Although considerably weakened in recent times, the LRA continues to ruthlessly attack civilians in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Southern Sudan.

21 Sep 2010 description

Twenty-four years of civil war between the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government has caused great suffering to people living in northern Uganda, southern Sudan and more recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic.

Peace talks with from 2006 until 2008 offered the best hope for a settlement in recent times.

02 Oct 2009 description

Preamble

The destruction by the LRA conflict continues to escalate in the face of a stalled Peace process. The growing tendency to resort to military strategy tends to result in a backlash and increased attack by LRA on the civilian communities. Yet the staggering humanitarian crisis unfolding as a result is not being adequately addressed.

There is an urgent need to find a sustainable solution to the conflict and address its consequences.

28 Apr 2009 description

By Mareike Schomerus and Kennedy Tumutegyereize

Summary

Operation Lightning Thunder

The military offensive known as Operation Lightning Thunder, launched on 14 December 2008, marked the end of two years of peace negotiations between the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) and the Ugandan government.

08 Apr 2009 description

In March 2009 Conciliation Resources held a civil society peacebuilding conference in northern Uganda.

Over 70 people attended from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.