IC in DRC

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 [...] Read More


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

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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 [...] Read More


The LRA in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an interview with Sean Poole

Reports from our Early Warning Network have shown a surge in LRA attacks in Nambia-Ngbangala, a village in the Haut-Uele district of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Invisible Children’s counter-LRA experts collected the reported information then analyzed it to share with partners and other counter-LRA actors in the region. Here’s what they’ve found: During the [...] Read More


Interview // Saskia Rotshuizen visits the LRA conflict region

Saskia is a French-Dutch American powerhouse in our San Diego office. To know her is to admire her: she’s our Central Africa Programs Coordinator, she’s brilliant at what she does, and she just got back from her first trip to Uganda and the conflict region. She’s also allergic to any kind of metaphorical sugar coating, [...] Read More


February 12th: International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (aka Red Hand Day)

In May 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted into the Convention of the Rights of the Child the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. On February 12th, 2002 the protocol came into force and international ‘Red Hand Day’, recognizing the plight of child soldiers, was established. At the core of Invisible [...] Read More


IC + The Resolve launch LRA Crisis Tracker 2013 Security Brief

Today, Invisible Children and The Resolve released the 2013 LRA Crisis Tracker Security Brief. This annual report provides analysis on all data collected as part of the LRA Crisis Tracker, providing actionable intelligence for counter-LRA actors and valuable information for the public. The report identifies five key findings from the 2013 data: 1.The LRA lost [...] Read More


Notes from the Field // US Military Rewards Former LRA Combatants

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Much of Invisible Children’s work throughout east and central Africa focuses on the safe return home of those held captive by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). But before escapees are transferred to rehabilitation centers and begin reintegration back into their communities, they participate in a series of interviews with members of the military. Three [...] Read More


BREAKING NEWS: Largest LRA defection since 2008

BREAKING: LARGEST LRA DEFECTION SINCE 2008 On the 6th of December, nineteen LRA defected en masse near the community of Zemio in the Central African Republic. This is the single largest LRA defection since the group moved into central Africa in 2008, and an enormous victory for African Union led counter-LRA efforts. The group was [...] Read More


Celebrate every escape // Matthew

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Celebrate everything. Every escape. Every name. Every life. On November 30, 2013, a 15-year-old Congolese boy named Matthew* escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Originally abducted in 2008, he had spent five years in LRA captivity. The group he was traveling with consisted of ten fighters, seven women, and two children (Matthew and an [...] Read More


More on the recent LRA ambush in Central African Republic

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Last Friday, we shared the news that 14 LRA members were killed by the UPDF. Here is a breakdown of the events with information taken from the Daily Monitor, LRA expert Ledio Cajak, and our own Lisa Dougan. About the event: – At about 1:30 PM on Thursday, November 28th, Ugandan soldiers under the African Union Regional Task Force [...] Read More