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DR Congo: Marie-Paul Kimakosa lost much of her family to the LRA

Marie-Paul Kimakosa, 18, with 12 month-old son Emmanuel Mbolina, and Mado, 3 (sleeping).


Formerly of Ngilima village, Marie-Paul lost her husband, her father, grand-father, grand-mother to the LRA. Two cousins have been kidnapped and not returned. She fled to Dungu where she has settled with other IDPs.


"The persistance of attacks by suspected members of the Lord's Resistance Army and other unidentified armed men along the Dungu-Faradje road risks jeopardising humanitarian access and the supply of goods to the Haut-Uele district," the UN said.


OCHA explained that the LRA's modus operandi was to conduct lightning raids during which they loot food supplies and kidnap residents, sometimes only for short periods to carry the plunder.


According to OCHA, tens of thousands of people were displaced by LRA attacks in the area since the start of the year, worsening a humanitarian situation which the UN describes as one of the worst in the world.


Read the Oxfam report: ‘We are entirely exploitable’: The lack of protection for civilians in eastern DRC


Photo: Simon Rawles/ Oxfam

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Taken on July 28, 2011