- October 8, 2015
- News & Analysis
This week we teamed with Invisible Children to launch a new LRA Crisis Tracker report, The State of the LRA [September 2015 Update]. It contains a concise assessment of the LRA’s attack patterns and survival strategies between January and August 2015, with comparisons to Crisis Tracker data on LRA activity dating back to 2009. The report also contains brief analysis of attacks by unidentified armed groups in LRA-affected areas and communal tension in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State.
A French version of the report will be available next week.
Below is an excerpt from the report:
1. Total LRA abductions in Congo are at their highest level in four years
The LRA abducted 417 Congolese civilians in the first eight months of 2015, a significant increase compared to the first eight months of 2014 (262 abductions), 2013 (90 abductions), and 2012 (255 abductions). Abductions were particularly high in Congo’s Bas Uele district, where LRA forces abducted more people in the first eight months of 2015 than in the same periods of the previous three years combined. LRA forces operate with impunity in Bas Uele, where there are few Congolese military forces and no permanent deployments of United Nations peacekeepers, African Union counter-LRA troops, or US military advisers.
At least 78% of Congolese abductees in 2015 have escaped or been released by the LRA within three days of being abducted, indicating they were likely abducted for the purpose of portering looted goods.
Note: The graph includes data for January–August of each year depicted.