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West Nile Bank Front

The now largely defunct WNBF was mainly concerned with destabilising northern Uganda from bases in Sudan, but had linked up with Interahamwe and anti-RCD rebels around the Bunia area. The Front resumed attacks during 1998 in the northwestern region bordering Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In September 1998, The Monitor newspaper in Kampala reported that the WNBF were active and had abducted c.220 people since August 1998 and killed several others in the Arua area. The majority of those taken in subsequent raids over a week-long period later escaped and returned to their homes. In November 1998 WNBF rebels killed and decapitated a Muslim religious leader in Arua, reportedly in retaliation for his sons defection from the WNBF ranks.

In northern Uganda, the effects of massacres and mass kidnapings by the Lord's Resistance Army and the West Nile Bank Front continue to severely disrupt crop production and trade. Many residents of Arua, Nebbi, Moyo, Gulu, and Kitgum Districts were unable to tend their fields or to complete harvesting of whatever crops they managed to cultivate.

It was reported in June 2001 that the group commander Juma Oris had died in March 2001 and had already been buried. He had suffered a stroke in 1999.




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