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LRA Regional Update: Central African Republic, DR Congo and South Sudan: April - June 2012

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Despite improvements in the second half of 2011, reports received from humanitarian partners indicate that the LRA continues to pose a serious threat to civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. In total 128 presumed LRA attacks have been reported by humanitarian partners in the DRC and the CAR between January and June 2012, with an increase to 75 attacks in the second quarter up from 53 in the first quarter of the year. The frequency of reported attacks is comparable to 2011. However, the geographic coverage has reduced with no reported attacks in South Sudan in the first half of 2012. The number of civilian deaths related to presumed LRA attacks is reported to be 24 in CAR and DRC since January, of which 11 were between April and June. The number of abductions in the second quarter increased to 127 (cumulative) from 90 reported in the first quarter, with the majority of the abductions in DRC. Also in DRC, an estimated 40 per cent of abductions reported since January targeted children.

The number of LRA-induced displacements as at 30 June is estimated at more than 445,000 IDPs and refugees living in the LRA-affected areas.

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