This past weekend, the Commission Diocésaine Justice et Paix (CDJP) and Invisible Children conducted a three-day training for 44 radio operators of the Early Warning Radio Network (EWRN). The radio operators arrived from northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). The workshop focused on preventative measures the radio operators could take to improve protection of themselves, their communities, and the High Frequency (HF) radios they work with. Presentations were given in French and Lingala and ranged from a discussion about LRA patterns in the region to humanitarian principles to how to safely collect credible and accurate information. Below are two quotes from radio operators during an exercise discussing the value of the EWRN as a form of community protection:
“When we are informed, we can better organize and protect our lives.”
– Operator in Bas-Uele, DRC
“We don’t need to be armed to fight them. We would never defeat them. We each need to choose our own way to combat them.”
Our Early Warning Radio Network is composed of high-frequency, two-way, long-range radios that give communities in DR Congo and the Central African Republic the ability to report LRA activity to one another. Learn more about the program [HERE].