Ugandan LRA rebels commit atrocities against children

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Radhika Coomaraswamy

The Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) remains one of the biggest perpetrators of violations against children according to a new United Nations report.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's first report to the Security Council on the situation of children affected by the LRA says that at least 591 children including 268 girls were abducted and recruited by the LRA.

The report also highlights measures taken to address the LRA threat, which operates mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but also in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy says the LRA continues to cast a long shadow across central Africa, causing enormous suffering to children.

"These children are used as combatants, spies, guards, porters, cooks. They are often forced to kill their family and friends, especially in the villages that they come. The yare often give magical potions by the leaders, which is supposed to make them invincible and develop physical capacities."

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