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July 16, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

Massive defection of rebels in DR Congo // Why it matters

First, let’s lay some groundwork. Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is roughly the size of Europe. You read that right, one country that is the size of a continent — pretty amazing. The area in which LRA forces operate is in the far northeast of the country. Within the same region (eastern DR Congo) […]

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June 24, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Program profile // Community Defection Committees + Mobile Cinema

At Invisible Children, we approach the LRA conflict from a lot of different angles. We drop defection fliers from the sky. We broadcast “Come Home” messages. We generate mass international awareness and lobby our political leaders to invest in peaceful solutions. When even one LRA member defects, it creates a ripple effect – their surrender encourages […]

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June 19, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

On the Radar: 12-year-old girl escapes LRA in DR Congo and is received by the CDC in Kpaika

On June 9th, a 12-year-old Congolese girl, Michelle*, arrived in the village of Kpaika, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) after eight months of captivity with the LRA. Michelle was abducted from her hometown last November while on her way to school. The LRA group that kidnapped her was comprised of six armed men, women and […]

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June 18, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

Immediate opportunity to encourage LRA in DRC to surrender. Here’s how you can help.

Since the beginning of 2014 Invisible Children has been reporting a significant increase in LRA activity in the Bangadi-Niangara-Ngilima Triangle, an approximately 700 square km area in Haute Uele district of DRC, just west of Garamba National Park and about 100km from the South Sudan border. The surge in LRA activity was so great that […]

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June 13, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

On the radar: 31 abducted in CAR, father & his daughters abducted in DR Congo

Date: June 9th The incident: On June 9th, an LRA group attacked the small community of Gibanda, 10 km north of Bakouma in the Central African Republic (CAR). The LRA group looted food and non-food items from several households and then reportedly proceeded to carry out a mass abduction. Thirty-one of the men, women, and children […]

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June 5, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

On the radar: Most western LRA attack ever reported, in Central African Republic

  The incident: Sometime between mid-April and early May the LRA attacked a small, 100 person village called Kawousa, 37km east of the Kotto River and 45km northwest of Bakouma in the Central African Republic (CAR). This is the furthest west an LRA attack has ever been reported and the first time this population had […]

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May 23, 2014

by Invisible Children

Invisible Children investigates attacks in DR Congo + young girl escapes the LRA

Following a 44% decrease in LRA activity in 2013, the first quarter of 2014 has seen a significant increase in LRA attacks in areas of Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) the group has been historically active in. The “Bangadi-Niangara Triangle” is a region that has experienced a high-volume of LRA attacks since 2008, and after […]

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April 30, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

On the radar: LRA abducts almost entire community in CAR, and 7 in DRC

The regional dry season in central Africa has historically seen spikes in LRA activity during which the rebel group becomes desperate for food and resorts to more frequent and aggressive looting of communities. Over the last week, groups of LRA in CAR and DRC carried out significant raids on civilians. The incidents: April 25th: At […]

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April 17, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

IC’s latest project: Community Defection Committees + Mobile Cinema

Last fall we shared a bit about a workshop that was taking place at Invisible Children’s regional office in Kampala, Uganda planning the development of Community Defection Committees throughout the LRA-affected regions in central Africa. Well, since then big things have happened… We’re excited to announce that this most recent Invisible Children program is now successfully […]

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March 24, 2014

by Invisible Children

Invisible Children welcomes announcement of increased U.S. support to arrest Kony

Late Sunday night, the Obama Administration announced its plans to deploy V-22 Osprey military aircraft to support efforts by the African Union (AU) to end the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and protect civilians in central Africa. The announcement serves as a significant and very encouraging indicator of the Administration’s commitment to help […]

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