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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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May 23, 2014

by Bridgette Bugay

Photo Friday // Ambassadors of Peace

Due to the insecurity caused by the LRA in central Africa, access to food for many communities is a daily struggle. One of the main sources of food comes from local hunters who travel deep into the jungle in search of wild game, however, as one community member recently told us, “when the LRA came […]

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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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May 22, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Home for the first time in 17 years: Walter’s story

Even over the roar of the car’s engine, Bala Walter could hear women ululating and people cheering. The vehicle came to a stop and he climbed out, accompanied by team members from Invisible Children and World Vision who had played a role in his rehabilitation process. But today was not about celebrating the efforts it took […]

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