Fresh off an international social media phenomenon that saw Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony jump from semi-obscurity to Public Enemy No. 1 for his campaign of terror in Central Africa, an regional coalition with global assistance is vowing to capture Kony and bring him before the International Criminal Court. But the newfound spotlight isn't making the LRA lay low -- on the contrary, attacks by the LRA are up. From CNN:
In the past three weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported 13 LRA attacks in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most occurred in Dungu territory from March 6 to March 25.
Two people were killed and 13 abducted. The violence displaced more than 1,160 people in the Dungu area.
This year, the LRA has launched 33 attacks in Congo, the refugee agency said.
In neighboring Central African Republic, the LRA resumed attacks after a lull since April 2011. In the 11 attacks documented this year, four people were killed and 31 abducted.
The LRA is also known to have attacked parts of South Sudan. In 2011, such attacks killed 18 people, wounded nine and resulted in 49 abductions and 7,382 people being internally displaced, according to the United Nations.
Overall, the United Nations estimates that LRA assaults have displaced almost half a million people and forced them into lives as refugees.