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African bishop welcomes troops to combat Lord’s Resistance Army

Catholic World News - May 20, 2010

A Spanish-born missionary bishop has welcomed the arrival of troops to protect the civilian population from the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group that has been acting with impunity in his Central African Republic diocese.

“Yesterday, May 18th, I saw passing through Bangassou, headed east, about 600 Central African soldiers,” said Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz of Bangassou. “As we have been told, the French Government has promised to send military aid into the area by air. Finally, there are unconfirmed rumors that Chad and Sudan are ready to send in their troops to fight the LRA.”

Since March, attacks by Lord’s Resistance Army have caused 10,000 local residents to flee.

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