from OMAN MBIKO in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR)
BANGUI, (CAJ News) – HUNTERS have secured the release of two children kidnapped by the Christian extremist group, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The youngsters, aged 12 and 13 years, were recently kidnapped in the central town of Bria, which is among the most volatile areas in the hostile country.
Hunters have rescued them in the southern Rafaï town after a clash with the LRA rebels.
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it had contacted the rescued minors’ parents in Bria.
“The process of reunification is underway,” said a UN spokesperson.
Originating in Uganda, LRA is among numerous rebel groups controlling most of the CAR, a country of some 5 million people.
The armed groups consist of Christian militias and Muslim extremists.
CAR is beset by conflict since Muslim radicals overthrew the government in 2013.
Civilians, humanitarian organisations and officials as well as UN peacekeepers are caught in the middle of the nonstop warfare.
More than 60 peacekeepers, including five this year, have been killed
since the peacekeeping force’s deployment in 2014.
The government of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra’s was elected in 2016 but has battled to exert its authority on the Central African country.
– CAJ News