Monday, June 29, 2009

Congo Gangs Masquerade as LRA, Looting & Terrorizing Local Populations

Father Luigi, aka Kaka Luigi, reports that the Congolese army recently arrested seven Congolese in northeastern Congo who were pretending to be LRA. They were looting and terrorizing the local population. Uganda, Sudan and Congo waged a joint campaign in the border region from January to March without successfully neutralizing the LRA. Uganda estimates that some 500 LRA remain in the area, including the LRA's notorious leader, Joseph Kony.

The LRA went on a rampage in northeastern Congo in December 2008, after the Ugandan army launched a failed raid on the LRA headquarters in Uganda. About 1000 Congolese were killed on or around Christmas Day.

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  1. I would alert you to a new book on Kony and the LRA titled, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army, avaialable at Amazon.

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  2. MJPC blames the Congolese Government for Deteriorating Situation in East Congo

    "There is no excuse for missing to pay salaries to soldiers in lawless eastern Congo for six months"

    Following the deteriorating situation in east Congo, the MJPC called for the Congolese Government to pay the salaries of thousands of soldiers who have not been paid for over six months in east Congo and take swift action to enforce the International Criminal Court's (ICC) warrant against Bosco Ntaganda and to held accountable perpetrators of sexual violence against women for their acts.

    "Faillng to hold accountable individuals who commit war crimes and crimes against humunity continues to be the leading cause of widespread and systematic sexual violence acts against girls and women in the easten Congo" said Makuba Sekombo, Community Affairs Director of
    the Mobilization for Justice and Peace in the DR Congo (MJPC). Mr. Sekombo again criticized the government of Congo for not only the continuing failure to protect women and young girls from sexual violence, but also for "encouraging conditions that create opportunities for sexual violence to occur". "There is no excuse for missing to pay salaries to soldiers in lawless eastern Congo for six months" said Sekombo.

    The MJPC has also renewed its call for the Congolese government to take urgent needed action to end human rights abuses in east Congo, hold perpetrators accountable and ensure reparation for the victims of sexual violence. The MJPC has been urging the Congolese government to compensate the victims of sexual violence in order to also help combat impunity in eastern part of Congo where sexual violence against women and children has been widely used as weapon of war for more than decade.MJPC online petition calling for for help to put pressure on Congolese Government to compensate victims of sexual siolence in Eastern DRC can be signed at http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/26180.html

    MJPC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working to add a voice in the promotion of justice and peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular in the East where thousands of innocent civilians, including children and women continue to be victims of massive human rights violations while the armed groups responsible for these crimes remain unpunished.

    For more information on MJPC and the activities, visit the web site http://www.mjpcongo.org. E-mail: info@mjpcongo.org or call Makuba Sekombo at 1 408 806 3644.

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