On 22 November 2011, the African Union formally designated the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) as a terrorist group and authorised the establishment of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA).
The Regional Task Force (RTF), which consists of Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), went operational in March 2012 to hunt down the terror group and protect civilians from its brutal attacks. The AU Special Envoy for the LRA issue, Francisco Madeira, recently admitted that despite making some progress the RTF faces logistical, material and financial challenges, in addition to the difficult nature of the operation. The possibility of the LRA forming opportunistic alliances with other governments or rebel groups in Central Africa and beyond is another issue worrying observers.
- Did the AU initiative succeed in reducing attacks by the terrorist group?
- What impact does the recent instability in the eastern DRC have on the fight against the LRA?
- What would be the way forward to resolve the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict?
- Mr. Pascal Yao Konan, Conflict Management Division, African Union
- Mr. Hallelujah Lulie, Researcher, Institute for Security Studies
- Father Sugule Kangoyangal Ernest, National Coordinator SOLIDARITE ET ASSISTANCE INTEGRALE AUX PERSONNES DEPLACEES (SAIPED) DRC
- Desire Assogbavi: Head of the Oxfam Liaison Office with the African Union
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