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South Sudan: bishop sees no progress against rebel terror

Catholic World News - July 24, 2013

A bishop in South Sudan has complained about the lack of effort by international leaders to curb a movement that has terrorized civilians in several different African nations, the Fides news service reports.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of Tambura told an international gathering: “The guerrillas of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) kidnap our children, set fire to homes and kill many people.” The LRA—led by Joseph Kony, who is wanted by international tribunals for human-rights violations-- has been raiding villages not only in South Sudan but also in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.

“The international community should do more to stop the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, but does not seem to have much desire,” the bishop lamented. He observed that military forces have been strengthened in the region, but “their presence has proved to be useless.”

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