Attacks by LRA vs Unidentified Armed Groups

A history of recent LRA activity in Congo demonstrates a shift away from major abductions and killings towards small-scale lootings. This shift has made it increasingly difficult for protection actors to determine the perpetrators of the attack -- LRA, bandits, poachers, rogue Congolese soldiers, or other unidentified armed groups.

In Q3 2013, the ratio of LRA attacks in LRA-affected areas of Congo to those in which armed groups were unidentified (indicating the perpetrator could include the LRA, bandits, poachers, rogue Congolese soldiers, or other armed groups) was 37 to 13 (3:1), compared to 38 to 22 (2:1) in Q2 and 62 to 31 (2:1) in Q1.