LRA Commanders Surrender in CAR

December 11, 2013 11:47 amComments Off on LRA Commanders Surrender in CAR by:

Bangui-The biggest number of defection in the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA rank has been reported in the Central African Republic-CAR.
Local civil society organizations and military sources in CAR report that on the 6th of December, nineteen LRA defected en masse near the community of Zemio in the Central African Republic.
Invisible Children an International Non Governmental Organization which keeps track of LRA activities says this is the single largest LRA defection since the group moved into central Africa in 2008, and an enormous victory for African Union led counter-LRA efforts.
“This is the single largest LRA defection in five years and is more evidence that the comprehensive strategy to stop the LRA is working,” said Ben Keesey, Invisible Children CEO. “It required the collaboration of all partners to achieve this huge victory.”
The group that surrendered comprised of nine adult males, four adult females and six children. Most significantly, six of the nine males were Ugandan, including a lieutenant and a lieutenant colonel, representing a severe blow to the LRA’s strength and command structure.
The group’s leader, Lieuten

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