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October 20, 2014

by Camille Marie-Regnault

Kony 101 // Who is in charge of the LRA?

The LRA conflict has wreaked havoc on central and East Africa for 27 years, leaving communities in desperate need of protection and rehabilitation. Throughout this time, the rebel group’s tactics have remained brutal and atrocious – children are forced to kill members of their own families and become soldiers (or even sex slaves). In recent […]

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October 7, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Meet LSP student Otim Daniel Comboni

After sitting for his Primary Leaving Exam (PLE), Otim Daniel Comboni was not quite sure if he would be able to attend secondary school.  “I prayed hard that I would be taken up by some organization and fortunately, Invisible Children selected me,” he said. Many students have to drop out of school after completing primary […]

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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 8, 2014

by Invisible Children

3 reasons local communities are essential to stopping the LRA

We’ve invested a ton of energy into dropping fliers and sending out radio messages to encourage LRA members to surrender. But there’s also a lot to be done on the other side of the equation – the communities that receive these LRA defectors. The assurance of a safe receiving community is a vital element to LRA defection. That’s […]

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August 6, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

5 lessons from the #FourthEstateRetreat

Last weekend, 35 of our top supporters from across the nation pack their bags and hop a plane, train, bus, or car and meet us in San Diego for our Fourth Estate Retreat. Collectively, these supporters raised over $300,000 during the #zeroLRA campaign. Impressive? We think so too. This event was not only an opportunity […]

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July 21, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Asiimwe Proscovia // “Education is the source of everything”

Proscovia missed her official graduation from Gulu University in October because she was on tour with Invisible Children in the United States. Since returning to Uganda in December, she celebrated her graduation again with other recent graduates of the Legacy Scholarship Program from across the region. She also began working at Sacred Heart Secondary School, one of Invisible […]

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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 6, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Invisible Children’s values // Justice trumps charity

At Invisible Children HQ, we talk a lot about “the big why” – the purpose that drives our organization and the way we approach our mission of ending LRA violence. We have a few core values that guide our work, make us think, and challenge us to grow. Read on for a glimpse of what […]

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May 27, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Stories of the Missing // Odong Nelson

Captain Awere may not be a familiar name to many people living in Lagile in northern Uganda. There, he is only known as Odong Nelson. And up until a month ago, many of those who knew Nelson presumed that he was dead. But Nelson, who should be around 38-years-old today, is reportedly still alive according to […]

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