Africa’s Militia And Ongoing Conflicts Wreak Havoc On Its Wildlife, Report Says

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Libreville, Gabon — Sudan’s Janjaweed militia, Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other notorious militias are wreaking havoc on wildlife in central Africa, poaching and trafficking elephants, hippopotamus, buffaloes and other animals, a monitor said on Friday.

The threat comes from “highly organised armed groups linked to human rights violations and ongoing political instability” as well as state actors, armed pastoralists and poachers, wildlife trade monitor Traffic said in a report.

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Joseph Kony, a self-styled mystic and prophet who launched a bloody rebellion three decades ago, “tasked a group of LRA fighters with obtaining 100 tusks … over the course of nine months” from the Garamba natural reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Traffic said.

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