United Nations officials are reporting up to 200 people have been killed by the Lord's Resistance Army in three days of bloody attacks that began Christmas day.
The worst atrocity appears to have taken place in the remote eastern Congolese town of Doruma. According to the AP, 100 people were hacked to death after seeking refuge in a nearby Catholic church. "The scene at the church was unbelievable. It was horrendous. On the floor were dead bodies of mostly women and children cut in pieces", according to Ugandan army spokesman Capt. Chris Magezi, adding that machetes, clubs and swords were used in the assault. The town is close to the Sudanese border whose military had joined D.R Congo and Uganda in an offensive against the rebel group a month ago. The joint military operation was initiated after it the rebels had refused to agree to a peace treaty to end the 22 year conflict in Uganda.
The rebel group has denied responsibility for the rampage, blaming the Ugandan military for the rampage. Casualty estimates are difficult to tabulate due to the remoteness of the location but the U.N says 189 bodies have been recovered from three villages. Led by Joseph Kony, the LRA is notorious for kidnapping children and forcing them to join their ranks as soldiers or sex slaves. Kony had agreed to a truce in 2006 but reneged on signing a peace deal aimed at ending the fighting. The uprising began in 1987 and has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians Initially called the United Holy Salvation Army, the LRA hopes to establish a Christian theocratic state based on the the bible and Ten Commandments. In 2005 the International Criminal Court issue arrest warrants for Kony and four of his top deputies to answer for charges of crimes against humanity.
According to the BBC The death toll has now exceeded 400 in the massacre perpetrated by LRA rebels in the D.R of Congo. An additional 20 thousand people have fled from the rebel onslaught to the mountains. Witnesses describe victims being hacked to death and forced into fires, several even having their lips cut off as a message to keep quiet. The 3 villages victimized by the massacre are now completely vacated having been torched to the ground.