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AFRICOM Related News Clips 11 May 2012

AFRICOM Related News Clips 11 May 2012

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United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office11 May 2012
USAFRICOM - related news stories
Good morning. Please see below news review for May 11, 2012.Of interest in today's clips:-- Congo-Kinshasa: Victims of LRA Attacks Despair of Ever Returning Home-- Major Effort to Reduce Child Mortality Not Enough-- Somalia: Govt, Al Shabab Claim Victory Over Bay, Bakol Fighting-- Nigeria: Customs - FG Aproves N3 Billion to Curb SmugglingU.S. Africa Command Public AffairsPlease send questions or comments to:publicaffairs@usafricom.mil DSN (314) 421-2687 or commercial +49-(0)711-729-2687
 
05/10/2012
 
United Nations HighCommissioner forRefugees
 
DUNGU, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Jules* lies in a hospital bed in a provincial town in north-eastDemocratic Republic of the Congo. Recovering from gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder, he's a recent victim ofthe Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in...
 
05/10/2012
 
Shabelle Media Network
 
HUDUR -- Both Somali government and the Islmaist militants of Al shabab officials have on Thursday claimed amajor victory over a fierce battle took place on Wednesday Somalia's southern regions of Bay and Bakol.
05/10/2012
 
IPS
 
ACCRA
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Ghana has taken a major step towards reducing its under-five mortality rate by becoming the first Africancountry to introduce two new vaccines for rotavirus and pneumococcal disease.
 
05/11/2012
 
Leadership
 
The Federal Government yesterday approved the sum of N3 billion for the procurement of two high speed boats forthe Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to combat the huge economic drain and other threats caused by smugglingthrough the country's water ways.
05/10/2012
 
Reuters
 
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers will replace four ministers in a limited cabinet reshuffle that will be announcedofficially on Thursday, the state MENA news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying.
 
05/10/2012
 
Africa Review
 
The high-powered Joint Security Committee for Somalia Wednesday backed a plan to unify pro-government forces
 
fighting the militant Al- Shabaab and Al-Qaeda extremist groups.
 
Africa Review
 
The African Union legal experts are meeting in Addis Ababa to adopt a common position on the InternationalCriminal Court.
 
05/11/2012
 
Reuters
 
KAMPALA - Uganda has threatened to kick out Oxfam after the British charity accused the government of complicity
 
in violent land grabs for commercial gains, according to the interior ministry.
05/11/2012
 
Daily Nation
 
The African Union is working to expand the mandate of its court of justice to enable it take over the InternationalCriminal Court (ICC) cases facing top African leaders.
 
05/11/2012
 
Leadership
 
Apart from human lives whose value cannot be stated in monetary terms, the northern region is losing no less thanN25 billion on a daily basis to the activities of Boko Haram.
05/11/2012
 
Reuters
 
ACCRA - Ghana's annual inflation broke above 9 percent in April for the first time in a year, with analysts predictingprice rises in double digits again and further policy tightening.
 
05/11/2012
 
United Nations NewsCentre
 
- Libya nearing key moment in its democratic transition
 
- Funding gap threatens efforts to assist millions facing hunger in Africa- Tunisia must prioritize right to education as it proceeds with reforms- Children in Mali suffering from triple disaste...
News Headline:
Congo-Kinshasa: Victims of LRA Attacks Despair of Ever Returning Home |
News Date:
05/10/2012
Outlet Full Name:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
News Text:
By Céline SchmittDUNGU, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Jules* lies in a hospital bed in a provincial townin north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recovering from gunshot wounds to the legand shoulder, he's a recent victim of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Orientale province.But at least he's alive and free. The LRA fighters have built up a reputation over the past twodecades for random violence, including murder and rape, and for abducting people from thevillages that they terrorize. In recent years they have fled their home bases in Uganda andmoved to neighbouring countries, including the Congo and Central African Republic.In Jules's case, the LRA fighters came to his village with the dawn. "They arrived [in early April]at 5am and started shooting. I tried to run out of the house, but one of the LRA rebels enteredand, without saying a word, he opened fire," the 55-year-old farmer said.The next thing he remembered was being in a UN peacekeeping base before beingmedevaced on a Médecins Sans Frontières plane to the town of Dungu, about sevenkilometres to the south. He's been told he will have to spend several weeks recovering.But, like many other recent victims of LRA attacks in this corner of the country, he despairs of
 
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.

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