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. 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. The report also tracked poaching in Bili in the DRC and the Chinko reserve in the Central African Republic. The research covered nearly 90 villages in the region. "This region is perhaps the most remote and under-developed ...

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