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March 24, 2017

by Invisible Children

MONTHLY SECURITY BRIEF | FEBRUARY 2017

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 16 attacks in February 2017 in which they abducted 70 civilians, 32 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and 38 in the Central African Republic (CAR). The 70 abductions was the highest LRA monthly abduction total since September 2016, but was a distinct reduction from February 2016, when LRA groups abducted […]

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March 16, 2017

by Invisible Children

Five Years After KONY 2012 || How Have Things Changed?

Five years ago this month, we launched the KONY 2012 campaign. Many recognize KONY 2012 as a YouTube video that became an overnight viral sensation. With over 100 million views in just a few days, our 30-minute film about a relatively unknown rebel conflict in central Africa became the most viral video of all time […]

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February 24, 2017

by Invisible Children

Early Warning Network helps save the life of a man in DRC

Just over a month ago, our LRA Crisis Tracker reported a violent attack on three fishermen in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Behind every security incident we document are real people, with families and stories and hopes for peace in their country. This one was no different, and we wanted you to know the story behind […]

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February 23, 2017

by Invisible Children

MONTHLY SECURITY BRIEF | JANUARY 2017

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 14 attacks in January 2017 in which they abducted 59 civilians, the highest monthly abduction total since September 2016. However, the 59 abductions in January 2017 was a sharp reduction compared to January 2016, when LRA forces abducted 171 civilians. Nearly all of the LRA’s January 2017 abductions took place in northern […]

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February 17, 2017

by Invisible Children

Mama Koko // A Legacy of Resilience

On February 9th, a Congolese matriarch and hero, Bernadette Wilimangu, passed away. Bernadette, who had come to be known by her community as Mama Koko (which means great grandmother in Lingala) was a remarkably courageous and compassionate woman who helped carry her family and community in DR Congo through unimaginable violence at the hands of Joseph Kony’s LRA. Her life has inspired thousands around the world, including our Invisible Children team, to remain committed to ending the violence of armed groups like the LRA in central Africa.

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February 9, 2017

by Invisible Children

Peter Kidega Returns Home After 14 Years in the LRA

Last weekend, the family of former LRA fighter, Peter Kidega, welcomed him home after more than 14 years held captive by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). We couldn’t be happier for Peter and his family. NTVUganda Footage of Peter Kidega landing in Gulu, Uganda on Jan 27, 2017. What’s Peter’s story? In 2003, Peter was […]

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January 31, 2017

by Invisible Children

The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative Closes Its Doors

A message from our CEO, Lisa Dougan: Today is a bittersweet day. Earlier this morning, our friends at The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative announced that they will be closing their doors today. Please take a moment to read the message below from Resolve’s Director, Paul Ronan. Invisible Children has worked alongside Resolve for the past […]

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January 25, 2017

by Invisible Children

Thank You to Our Supporters || Highlights from 2016

As we wonder how in the heck we’re already almost a full month into 2017, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at some of the highlights of what our supporters made possible last year. Indulge us, won’t you? February 2016 – Okot George Odek Surrenders After more than two […]

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January 17, 2017

by Invisible Children

Fracturing in LRA after Ongwen defection threatens Kony rule, heightens threat to civilians

A project of Invisible Children and The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative + ICC trial of former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen resumes this week + New research examines dramatic events surrounding Ongwen’s 2014 defection, which spurred creation of splinter LRA group operating independently of LRA leader Joseph Kony + Fracturing of LRA since 2014 has undermined […]

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January 11, 2017

by Invisible Children

REPOST // China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching

Last month, the Chinese government announced plans to ban ivory commerce by the end of 2017. As the world’s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory trading, China’s ban is sure to have a significant impact on the global ivory trade and on vulnerable communities like many in central Africa, who often experience violence associated with […]

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