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|January 9, 2009|
Jemma Nunu Kumba, governor of south Sudan's Western Equatoria state, said thousands of civilians had fled the area fearing more attacks by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters. "They have caused unprecedented havoc, killing almost 40 people between December 24 and January 1," Kumba told Reuters. "We are now a target area."
The LRA's elusive commander Joseph Kony and two of his top deputies are wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Attacks by his fighters in Sudan's Western Equatoria have been particularly brutal. Dozens of people were hacked to death with axes and machetes, Kumba said, pregnant women had been disemboweled and a baby was smashed against a tree.
South Sudanese troops were doing all they could to stop the guerrillas entering from Congo. "But they are breaking through because the border is vast," Kumba said.