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Bishop questions leaders' commitment to defeat rebel group in Central Africa

January 28, 2016

A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic has questioned whether political leaders in the region have the political will to defeat the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Fides news service reports.

"The LRA rebels continue to enslave villagers, making them load carriers and sex slaves, and they are also burning down villages,” reported Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa. He spoke out after the LRA attacked a Catholic parish in Bakouma.

The LRA, a fighting force established in Uganda in the 1980s, has wrought havoc in central Africa, raiding villages and kidnapping children to serve in a militia group fired by quasi-religious ideology and drug use. The founder of the LRA, Joseph Kony, is wanted on charges by the International Criminal Court and is the object of an international manhunt. The group has now been active in Uganda, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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