- May 10, 2008
- News & Analysis
Security forces in southern Sudan are in desperate need for training and funding to protect civilians against attacks by LRA rebels, World Vision said in a report yesterday. Civilians and officials in Western Equatoria state, where LRA rebels had been staying under a Sudanese-brokered truce, have blamed the fighters for looting, raping, killing and abducting children in the area. The LRA deny any attacks or abductions, but local residents have no doubt who is to blame. “They took six girls up to now,” said Zachariah Nzari, a tribal chief in the area close to the LRA assembly site Ri-Kwangba. The report urges the local government should clear bushes alongside roads immediately to increase safety and support the local economy. Read more at Reuters.