Lord’s Resistance Army (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan)

The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on Children and armed conflict (A/69/926–S/2015/409) issued on 5 June 2015.

During the reporting period, LRA was in survival mode but continued to engage in attacks on civilians, looting and kidnapping. A total of 13 children were recruited, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Abduction of children in LRA-affected countries remained the most significant violation. A total of 42 cases were reported in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, many of those children were released immediately after being used to carry looted items. Others were held in captivity by LRA for three to four days before either being released or escaping. The United Nations continued to provide psychosocial assistance and support to family reunification in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Uganda for the 180 children and young mothers who escaped or were released by
LRA. The absence of long-term reintegration programmes for child returnees remained a challenge to the sustainability of those efforts.

Owing to the decrease in LRA activity, the present section will be removed from the 2016 report if the current trends continue, and the violations will be reported in the relevant country sections.