ever being able to return home. Marie,* aged 36, had to flee her village at midnight. "I don'twant to return. If the rebels come again, I will be forced to leave again," said the mother of five,whose village had also been attacked in 2009. The LRA looted and torched homes andabducted one man.The renewed attacks by the LRA in Orientale province since the beginning of this year havetargeted dozens of villages and displaced more than 2,500 people, most of whom have fled toDungu or nearby sites for internally displaced people (IDP), where they receive help fromUNHCR and its partners. At least three people have been killed and 51 abducted, including 16children.Attacks on Bagalupa village, related by 30-year-old Clementine,* followed a typical pattern."We were sleeping when they arrived for the first attack. They entered from both sides of thevillage and started looting houses. People started crying and ran away," she said, adding thatthe villagers had spent a week in the bush.But just a few days after their return, the LRA attacked again, this time at sunset. "They startedshooting to scare the army. Everyone in the village fled. We spent four days on the road toDungu. We were walking during the day and sleeping at night in the bush."Clementine now lives with a host family in Dungu. "I don't want to go back," she said, echoingthe concerns voiced by Jules and Marie and many of her fellow villagers. "I can't go back to myvillage," said Marcel, the Bagalupa village chief. "When I went there to check the situation, Icame across LRA rebels on the road," he said, adding that they let him go.He said he would prefer to stay in Dungu and had asked the local authorities to give him apiece of land. Most of the newly displaced civilians in Dungu are living with host families. Theyrely on locals for humanitarian assistance. Some work in the fields for pay and others look forfirewood to sell at market, but this is dangerous as they have to venture into the forest."I welcomed these families into my house out of compassion. They are my brothers," saidBarthelemy, who lives with his wife and four children in a single room home. They have takenin 12 displaced people from three families.While many people remain too scared to return to their villages, some have decided to go backto areas where there is now an army presence, including Bagalupa and Nangwakaza, thevillage that Marie fled from about a month before she talked to UNHCR.Simon* returned to Bagalupa, partly because he does not know where else he can stay. "Weare scared," he admitted. "At night, we don't sleep in our homes, we sleep outside in the bush.When I am in the fields and I hear a small noise, I drop my hoe and run away."But long-term security is a concern for many of the displaced, including those who have foundshelter in special IDP settlements in and around Dungu. Some of the people in the Bangapilisite have been there since 2008, too frightened to return, even though living conditions aretough."I am not happy to stay here, I would like to go back to my village [near the border with SouthSudan]," said Charlotte,* who has been in Bangapili for the past four years. "But security hasnot returned," she added.Many people will only go back once they know that LRA leader Joseph Kony, who is beinghunted by troops from the region backed by US special forces advisers, is dead or capturedand his organization destroyed. "On that day, we will go out in the streets and sing. We will beso happy," said Angelique.