Thursday, 19 August 2010
LRA causing strife in Southern Sudan
Uganda's rebel group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is causing strife in Southern Sudan, and making it difficult for the country to rebuild its agriculture industry by ransacking the most fertile farming areas.
Talking about the persistent problem UN's top humanitarian official for Southern Sudan, Lise Grande, said that the LRA has “completely paralyze the breadbasket of Southern Sudan”.
The wider LRA affected area would produce about half of Southern Sudan's food under normal market conditions, she said.
“The World Food Programme during the course of 2010 is going to be feeding half the population. If the breadbasket for the area is paralyzed by these brutal, terroristic attackers, you can see that this one of the major causes of the crisis that we are facing here,” said Grande.
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