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September 23, 2014

by Liz Arthur

Escape from war // Impact of “come home” messaging

Sometimes, people assume that force is the most effective way to end a war, but this is not necessarily the case. Recent reports from our counter-LRA partners have suggested that the most cost-effective and nonviolent way to end LRA violence is in fact to invest in helping its members to escape. Of course, this is no easy […]

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September 5, 2014

by Invisible Children

More Breaking News // 12 men, women and children escape LRA captivity 

We have so much to celebrate this week. In addition to Wednesday’s exciting announcement that 26 women and children were released from the LRA, we just received even more news from our staff in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): On August 27, 12 more people regained their freedom and escaped LRA captivity! These men, women and children reportedly […]

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September 3, 2014

by Invisible Children

Breaking News // 26 women and children return from LRA

We just received some exciting news from our team in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yesterday, September 2, 26 women and children were released by the LRA near the community of Kiliwa, DRC!  The group is comprised of 11 women, five girls (ages 14-17), and 10 children under five years of age (three boys, seven girls). The youngest of the returnees is only one […]

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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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