Slideshow - Living in LRA country

  • Early morning at Ngubu IDP camp on the outskirts of Faradje, Haut-Uélé District, northeastern DRC

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  • Ngubu IDP camp has about 1,300 residents. They fled the nearby village of Kimbinzi following LRA attacks in 2008

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  • Kimbinzi is about 7km from Faradje; fear of attacks has forced the community to live in even deeper poverty

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  • Ngubu camp IDPs are building permanent structures, but have little access to land

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  • Camp residents eke out a living making things like baskets

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  • A woman having her hair braided...

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  • A police officer provides security during the Sunday service at Faradje’s church

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  • A woman prepares cassava bread in Faradje using an empty beer bottle as a rolling pin

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  • Faradje is about 147km from Dungu, the principal town in the region, but the road is considered unsafe because of LRA activity

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  • The road from Faradje to Dungu bisects Garamba National Park, which has long been used as a refuge by the LRA in the DRC

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  • A seamstress in Dungu works under the shade of a tree

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Living in LRA country

Joseph Kony's Lord Resistance Army (LRA) is numerically small, thought to number about 300 or so core fighters. However, the armed group's 25 year reign of terror, which began as an insurrection in Uganda in the 1980s has spilled into the neighbouring states of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. The conflict has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and the deaths of thousands of others. The armed group routinely kidnaps boys to force them into child soldiering and girls to become sex slaves. Kony was the first person indicted by the International Criminal Court in July 2005 on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He remains at large and in his wake has destabilised already fragile countries.
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