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August 18, 2014

by Invisible Children

⚡ FLASH ALERT: 46 return from LRA with a message

This has been a record-breaking week in the pursuit to end LRA violence. Forty-six women and children were safely released by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and are now on their way home. This is the largest group to return from the LRA since 2008. Some of the women […]

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August 12, 2014

by Invisible Children

More Breaking News: 33 women and children freed from LRA

We just received confirmation that on Sunday (August 10th), a group of 33 women and children were released by the LRA in Digba, Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR). Their ages and years in captivity vary, with the youngest of the returnees being a one week old baby. This is in ADDITION to the 13 women and children who came […]

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July 30, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

A critical look // Recent LRA attacks prove Kony is still a threat

Have a question about our programs in central Africa? Julian Elam is the one to ask. He’s our central African programs intern. Each day, you can find him updating the LRA Crisis Tracker, running reports, and translating attack information. Since he’s one of our resident experts on Kony and his whereabouts, we wanted to hear […]

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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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