Invisible Children, a Non-Governmental Organization that works to protect communities from Lord’s Resistance Army –LRA rebels, is in need of about 75 million shillings to encourage the rebels to surrender.
LRA’s fugitive leader Joseph Kony.
In a communiqué, the NGO says after two years of silence, the rebels
raided two South Sudanese communities between November 5th -7th ,
killing two people and abducting at least 12 others.
Jolly Grace Okot, the Invisible Children Regional Ambassador, says
these are troubling developments in an area long thought to be rid of
She told local media on Wednesday that Invisible Children is taking
immediate action and need to raise up to $30,000, about 75 million
shillings, within 3 days in order to fully fund its activities to
encourage the rebels to surrender.
Okot says the money will be used for printing and distribution of
“come home” fliers over targeted areas of South Sudan. She says they
expect to raise the fund through fundraising from well-wishers among
others. She notes that encouraging LRA combatants to surrender is the
most effective way to restore peace in these communities.
She says 79 percent of LRA rebels who have surrendered in the past year cited “come home” fliers as influential in their escape.
Okot said Invisible Children’s staff in Central African Republic is
working with partners on the ground to create and print “come home”
fliers to be distributed in the region next week.
On 7th November, suspected LRA forces attacked Ezo town in South
Sudan, and abducted at least 3 people. The assailants also set fire to
multiple houses and looted various unspecified goods from the town.
The rebels reportedly left a message indicating that they will come to Bangalu market this coming Saturday.
The latest rebel attacks in South Sudan are raising fears of renewed
support to the weakened rebel movement that has been at war for more
than 25 years. Reports from Invisible Children indicate that last month
alone, one civilian was killed by the rebels, 41 others abducted and 37
abductees returned home.
Several humanitarian agencies have suspended field work in the area and those neighbouring it for fear of attack.
A Ugandan working with Catholic Medical Mission Board –CMMB, an
International NGO in Yambio in South Sudan, told Uganda Radio Network
that United Nation has put on standby four planes to evacuate those
working with the UN agencies in the area in case the situation gets out
Uganda and United States military forces have since 2009 been
pursuing LRA in the jungles of DRC and Central African Republic (CAR)
where the remnants of the militia that killed thousands in Northern
Uganda, are suspected to be hiding. The mission was, however, affected
by political developments in CAR, where the Seleka rebels overthrew the
government of President Francois Bozize early this year.