On the morning of June 8th, an LRA group based in DR Congo released 12 women and children captives to one of Invisible Children’s community partners, with a message that they want to release more.
While traveling between the towns of Niangara and Dungu, DRC, a Congolese man was ambushed by two LRA fighters who then took him into the bush to meet their group’s commander.
The abducted man is actually a staff member of the Congolese organization SAIPED, which has been a close community partner to Invisible Children with our Community Defection Committee and Community Sensitization programs since 2013.
While in LRA captivity, he was questioned by the group’s commander for several minutes before the commander eventually told him:
“I am giving you a mission to take care of these 12 people. Seven children and five women. You will take them to town* and make sure they are well welcomed by the community. You have to consider them like your own children and your wives.”
The LRA commander proceeded to tell the abducted man that his group will plan to listen to the local FM radio, supported by Invisible Children, and, if they hear confirmation over the radio that the 12 women and children are well cared for, more captives will be released.
Donate today. Help us raise $5000 in the next 72 hours which will enable us to broadcast FM radio messages encouraging this LRA group to release more women and children, and to equip nearby communities to safely receive them and support their return home.
Thanks to the brave efforts of our friend from SAIPED, these women and children are safe and sound. Our DRC team has been meeting with them and working with UN officials to help ensure they are well cared for.
Now, we must move fast to help free more women and children by broadcasting news of their safety over the FM radio, and we’ll be working with SAIPED to ensure nearby communities are ready and willing to safely receive any LRA captives who are released. This LRA group will likely relocate quickly, so it’s important that we act now.