A UN statement in May 2013 estimated that over the course of the conflict, the LRA has been responsible for a total of more than 100,000 deaths .
The exact number remains unclear since many killings, particularly those in northern Uganda, were never officially recorded by the government.
Fleeing their homes
Over the same period, the LRA has driven a total of more than 2.5 million people from their homes across the region.
As of 30 September 2013, 325,931 civilians remain internally displaced people (IDPs) in DRC, South Sudan, the CAR, according to the OCHA LRA regional update (PDF).
More information: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) September 2013 report, A life of fear and flight (PDF).
Crops and farming devastated
As well as the obvious trauma related to the LRA’s exceptional levels of cruelty, the movement has also had a devastating impact on food security in the region.
In remote villages, the very mention of its name is enough to make people abandon their homes and crops. The areas to which they flee, however, are unable to support so many new arrivals.
‘There was already pressure on fertile areas before the arrival of the IDPs, and LRA violence and displacement have increased the population density and the number of people wanting to farm. The violence has also reduced the amount of safely accessible land,’ says the UNCHR.