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Central Africa braces against new 'Christmas massacre'

Catholic World News - December 14, 2010

In parts of central Africa, particularly the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the south of Sudan, the Christmas season is a time of fear, because of the “Christmas massacres” perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the past two years.

LRA rebels, who have been fighting in Congo for years, but more recently moved their savage operations into Sudan and other bordering countries, have attacked remote towns and beaten more than 300 people to death in late December of 2008 and 2009.

Human-rights officials are calling for international action to stop the LRA brutality, which has now continued for more than 20 years. The LRA has been charged with multiple war crimes, and the group’s leader, Joseph Kony, is wanted for trial in an international court. But the group continues to operate in central Africa, terrorizing remote villages.

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