Massacre in Uganda
A TOTAL OF 53 people were killed in attacks by rebels in Northern Uganda. The asaults by the Lord's, Resistance Army on villages around Lira, left 16 dead in Akaji, 14 in Ongura, 13 in Ngetta and 10 in Iwal — all small villages situated within I0 kilometres from Lira midNovember.
After leaving Ngeta, the rebels then attacked several other nearby villages. Early reports say the LRA attacked with axes and machetes, rather than gunfire, to avoid drawing attention from Ugandan military troops in the area.
The LRA rebels• led by Joseph Kony have wreaked havoc in northern Uganda since 1986. They have killed at least 100,000 people and forced more than 20,000 children into slavery or combat roles. More than 1 million people have fled their homes.
New turmoil in Angola
A PROMINENT charity has stepped into the breach in Angola as a wave of violence sweeps the west African country. Government troops have tortured, abused and killed civilians in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda during the past year. The violence is the latest in a civil war between the Angolan army and separatist rebels of the Liberation Front of the Enclave of Cabinda.
Aid to the Church in Need has launched a campaign to support priests and people in Angola, called Indifference is a Crime, aimed at funding the training of priests and seminarians in Angola and enabling them to offer pastoral support to the destitute people.
Churches rail against arrests
THE ARRESTS of 100 trade unionists in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, have been condemned by churches, trade unions, and human rights organizations. Harare Ecumenical Working Group and the Zimbabwe National Pastors Conference were among those to protest.