Rebuilding lives in areas affected by LRA attacks in the DRC

Over the past 25 years, the LRA has killed more than 100,000 people, abducted 70,000 and forced more than two million people from their homes and villages across four countries.  

Here's how Oxfam is supporting local committees and working for better security in the area.

As global attention on the LRA builds and the African Union–United Nations joint force prepares to launch a new military offensive, people living in LRA areas increasingly fear the repercussions for remote communities in central Africa.

Previous attempts to combat the LRA militarily have not solved the problem of the LRA and have had a devastating impact on local people, prompting retaliations against civilians and dispersing the rebels across a much larger area, to target yet more isolated villages.

Organizations working with local communities say people in DRC, CAR and South Sudan continue to live in fear for their lives.

Oxfam's response

Oxfam is providing clean water to people who have been displaced from their homes and is working with local people to campaign for change in the area.

We support community-based protection committees who lobby for better security in their local area and act as a bridge between their community and the local authorities.

Photos: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam, April 2012
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