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LRA Crisis Tracker Annual Security Brief, 2011

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First published 20th Feb 2012

LRA Crisis Tracker (LCT) has released its Annual Security Brief for 2011, covering the actions and outcomes of the Lords Resistance Army.

LCT's Brief demonstrates that there have been a decrease in attacks, killings, and abductions, as well as an increase in the proportion of abductees returned in 2011 compared to 2010. There were also sharp differences in activity between the first and second halves of the year. As LCT explains, 
Within 2011, reported LRA activity declined dramatically as the year pro- gressed. LRA Crisis Tracker data showed an 83.9% reduction in reported civilian fatalities and an 74.5% reduction in civilian abductions in the second half of 2011. Overall, the LRA reportedly committed 203 attacks in the first half of the year and 81 attacks in the second half of the year. While the cause of this reduction in attacks is not clear, there is little evidence that LRA operational capacity significantly diminished over the course of the year.
Fundamental to LCT's research and analysis is their methodology, which gathers information produced by NGOs, United Nations agencies, media, government agencies, fieldworkers of Invisible Children, Resolve, and peer organisations, and civilian-controlled high frequency (HF) early-warning radio networks. Following the intake of data,
Two different rating systems are utilized to assess the accuracy of details included in any incident report logged in the Database.The first system assesses confidence in details sur- rounding the incident as a whole, and the second assesses confidence in whether or not the LRA was a perpetrator of violence in a given incident.
More about the LRA Crisis Tracker can be found at their website.