GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The United Nations says it has suspended humanitarian work in southern Sudan because of attacks by a Ugandan rebel group.
The Lord's Resistance Army has uprooted thousands of civilians this month, spreading panic near Sudan's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. officials said Saturday in a release.
The rebels reportedly kidnapped 10 girls, burned a church, set fire to homes, and stole food and medical supplies from stores and health centers, Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Twenty-nine humanitarian workers were evacuated from Ezo by helicopter Aug. 13, leaving thousands in the area without assistance, he said.
Since last October, an estimated 360,000 Congolese civilians have been displaced by attacks from militant groups, Mahecic said.
The World Food Program still hopes to boost food assistance to southern Sudan by 25 percent this year, U.N. officials said.