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UN agency reports more victims of Lord's Resistance Army attacks

2012-03-30 23:10:56 GMT2012-03-31 07:10:56(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

UNITED NATIONS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported more deaths, abductions, and displacements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a UN spokesman told reporters here Friday.

"The UN Refugee Agency says on-going attacks by the rebel Lord' s Resistance Army have killed two people and displaced more than 1, 200 in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo this month," Eduardo del Buey told a daily noon briefing. "Thirteen people, including a child, were also abducted."

The LRA is a rebel armed group that was formed in Uganda in the 1980s, and has since moved into neighboring countries like the DRC. South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR), which are both neighbors of the DRC, have also felt the impact of violence by the LRA.

Del Buey said these most recent statistics from UNHCR bring the "known number of displaced people in that part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to more than 4,200 this year," although the actual figure could be higher.

According to del Buey, the UNHCR and the World Food Program ( WFP) have helped people displaced in the DRC by bringing aid to 200 displaced families in the village of Dungu on March 29.

"The UNHCR aid included plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and jerry cans," he added.

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