Early warning system protects CAR villages from rebel attacks
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Communities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have a new tool in their fight against rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army: the radio.
Since the beginning of the year, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has intensified attacks and kidnappings in the southwest of the country, near the border with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. To help combat the threat, local NGOs have distributed radios and satellite phones to village chiefs so they can be warned of potential attacks.
For those living deep in the bush, the communication tools are a godsend.
"Before, when we didn't have the radio we really suffered," said Marie-Claire Djadha, former mayor of Mboki, a village in the bush. “But now we have our radio so if we hear that the LRA are about to attack us, we can quickly prepare ourselves."
Despite the alert system, the LRA has kidnapped or killed more than 200 people in the CAR since the start of the year.