Update from UN News Centre: Senior peacekeeping and political affairs officials explain how the UN maintains efforts against Lord’s Resistance Army
The Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict answers questions about UN work to address LRA operations. We hope this conversation will encourage people to learn all of the facts about the hundreds of thousands of children affected by conflict around the world.
How does the LRA recruit children and what is their role?
Where is the LRA operating?
What are the aspirations of the LRA?
What are other violations are committed against children by the LRA?
What has the United Nations done to address the violations committed against children by the LRA?
Why is a military action against the LRA risky?
What can I do for the children affected by the LRA?
Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Lord’s Resistance Army-affected areas (November 2011, S/2011/693)
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Statement from Special Representative Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy:
I am pleased to see such a lively discussion on an issue that is often under-reported. If people want to help, they can support programs for children—-who have escaped the LRA—-to rebuild their lives and their communities throughout Central Africa. Any military action against LRA should pay heed to the fact that Kony’s army is largely comprised of children.