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June 19, 2017

by Alyssa Harvie

Monthly Security Brief | May 2017

Overview A Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) group crossed the border from Central African Republic (CAR) into northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in May 2017, abducting at least 23 people in a series of attacks on civilians en route to Garamba National Park. In eastern CAR, violence by armed groups against civilians escalated dramatically in May, with […]

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June 14, 2017

by Invisible Children

New Invisible Children Report on Increasing Violence in Eastern CAR

Earlier this week, the United Nations (UN) Security Council met to discuss MINUSCA, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as the UN office responsible for coordinating regional responses to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis. Much of the Council’s conversations centered around eastern CAR, where communities have experienced an […]

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June 13, 2017

by Invisible Children

Flash Action Update // One Year Later

One year ago this month, a group of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fighters released 12 women and children, handing them over to one of our local partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The LRA group also passed along a message that they would release more captives if the 12 women and children were […]

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May 31, 2017

by Invisible Children

Radio Zereda // Radio for Peace in Central Africa

In central Africa, where remoteness and limited infrastructure cause many communities to be isolated from each other and the world around them, FM radio can be a powerful tool for connection. Whether in a larger town, a small nomadic community, or deep in the forest, many people, including fighters in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), […]

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May 26, 2017

by Invisible Children

Man Paralyzed in LRA Captivity Returns Home to Heal

In the last decade, hundreds of individuals have escaped or been released from captivity in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Some have been women and children, released in large groups by LRA commanders. Many were held captive for a few days, forced to porter goods looted from their own homes. Hundreds were held captive […]

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May 22, 2017

by Invisible Children

How Conservation is Making Families Safer

No matter where in the world you look, there is no doubt that humans are critically dependent on the natural world to survive and thrive. This dependence is particularly stark in remote areas like in central Africa, where thousands of families depend on livelihood activities that are directly connected to their natural environment — including farming, […]

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May 17, 2017

by Invisible Children

Monthly Security Brief | April 2017

Overview Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) forces were responsible for just three attacks and six abductions in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in April 2017, the lowest monthly violence totals by the rebel group since August 2013. However, violence by other armed groups continued to rise in April 2017, […]

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May 12, 2017

by Invisible Children

Teaching Mechanics for Peace

Local leaders and visionaries are at the center of everything we do to end exploitation and violence in vulnerable communities. Maurille is one of the many resourceful leaders developing innovative solutions to keep communities safe from violence. Maurille works with our community partner in the Central African Republic (CAR), Vie et Espoir. In marginalized communities like Maurille’s […]

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May 10, 2017

by Invisible Children

Mother Helps LRA Returnees Heal from Trauma

Last week, we shared the story of Hannah, a brave, young mom who escaped LRA captivity with her children earlier this year. Her story of hope and courage is a reminder of the strength in so many mothers across central Africa who are tirelessly working toward safer, brighter futures for their children. SUPPORT BRAVE MOMS […]

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May 4, 2017

by Invisible Children

Mother and Children Escape LRA Captivity

In January, after eight years in captivity, a brave young mother named Hannah* escaped the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) with her children. The hope and courage she displayed and which enabled her escape are truly incredible; but they’re not unique among mothers in central Africa. Every mother wants safety and freedom for her children. You can help […]

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