United Self-Defense Movement
|United Self-Defense Movement|
|Participant in Northern Lyoa Conflict and Eastern Lyoa Conflict|
|Motive(s)||Protection of communities from armed groups|
|Leaders||General Akata Nyanga (Northern Lyoa) |
General Charles Lafontaine (Eastern Lyoa)
|Headquarters||Northern Lyoa, Eastern Lyoa|
|Area of operations||Lyoa|
|Opponent(s)|| Lyoa (sometimes) |
Free Lyoan Army
Army for the Rescue of Lyoa
National Coalition of Lyoan Opposition Forces
Lyoan Liberation Forces
Lyoan Revolutionary Movement
Allied Republican Forces
Holy Resistance Movement
Alliance for Liberation and Restoration
|Battles and war(s)||Northern Lyoa Conflict |
Eastern Lyoa Conflict
The United Self-Defense Movement (abbreviated SDM) was an alliance of numerous self-defense militias across conflict zones in Lyoa. It was a broad coalition of local movements that has a stated goal of protecting their villages and settlements from armed attack. It frequently collaborated with the Lyoa National Defense Force but has clashed with it on several occasions.
As of late 2019, there appeared to have been a split in the SDM, with some factions moving closer to anti-government viewpoints or being disillusioned with the SDM's leadership and cause. Fighting has occurred between SDM factions since the alleged split, and confidence in the movement has dropped.
The group was no longer functioning by March 2020, as its forces divided over the issue of the Second Lyoan Civil War.