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August 11, 2016

by Invisible Children

Central African Republic Resumes Diamond Exports Despite Concerns

In June, the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) announced that it would resume diamond exports after a three-year ban implemented in 2013 as a result of the adoption of the Kimberley Process. The ban was put in place to prevent the sale of diamonds financing armed group violence, which broke out in CAR […]

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August 3, 2016

by Invisible Children

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Community Defection Committees

At Invisible Children, we’re committed to ensuring community leadership is at the heart of all of our programs working to protect civilians from violence. A perfect illustration of this can be found in our Community Defection Committees (CDCs), which function alongside our Early Warning Network. Through locally-led workshops and an innovative Mobile Cinema program, LRA-affected […]

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July 14, 2016

by Invisible Children

HOW WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING AFFECTS COMMUNITIES

Illegal poaching and ivory trafficking by armed groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) affect more than just elephants. In places like central Africa, wildlife poaching and trafficking also place local communities in immediate danger, and serves as a revenue stream for armed groups that ultimately perpetuates more violence and exploitation.   Communities in and […]

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July 11, 2016

by Invisible Children

REMEMBERING A PEACEMAKER: NATE HENN

Six years ago today, Nate Henn and 75 others were killed in a terror bombing in Kampala, Uganda while watching the final match of the 2010 World Cup. We remember Nate today because he was a part of our Invisible Children family. As a roadie, Nate traveled the U.S. speaking at colleges, high schools, churches, […]

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June 30, 2016

by Invisible Children

Tonya and Sarah || A Defection Story

So far this year, we’ve celebrated the return of over 40 individuals from LRA captivity. Among those who have come home are incredibly brave individuals like Tonya and Sarah*, two young girls who escaped the LRA together in early March. Just weeks after their escape, our team had the opportunity to sit down with Tonya […]

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June 28, 2016

by Invisible Children

AMPLIFYING VOICES: THE GENOCIDE AND ATROCITIES PREVENTION ACT

We at Invisible Children live by the belief that our liberty is bound together; that none of us is free unless we are all free. We are led by a vision for a world in which all communities have the protection they deserve and the ability to thrive, free from violence and mass atrocities. However, […]

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June 23, 2016

by Invisible Children

ICC SENTENCES FORMER CONGOLESE VP TO 18 YEARS FOR WAR CRIMES

Just days ago, on June 21, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to 18 years in jail for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). The crimes for which Bemba has been sentenced, were committed by soldiers under his command in […]

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June 22, 2016

by Invisible Children

Flash Action Update || Thank you for taking action

Last week, we shared the incredible news that an LRA group in DR Congo released 12 women and children from captivity, with a message that they may release more. We asked you to help us raise the funds needed to quickly create and broadcast FM radio messages that could help encourage the release of more […]

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June 20, 2016

by Invisible Children

ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY WE STAND #WithRefugees

Nearly 60 million people around the world live displaced, including thousands in central Africa, forced to leave their homes because of the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other armed groups. So today, on World Refugee Day we’re joining the United Nations to stand in solidarity #WithRefugees. Today, and every day, we honor […]

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June 18, 2016

by Invisible Children

Papa Joseph || Father of Invisible Children CAR

This Father’s Day, we want to introduce you to the incomparable Papa Joseph, Invisible Children’s Early Warning Network Project Assistant in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). Papa Joseph hails from Zemio, CAR, a small town near the DR Congo (DRC) border and not far from Obo, where our Invisible Children CAR office is located. In […]

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