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November 12, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Celebrate Everything // Legacy Scholarship Program Student Ocaya Jimmy

It is not difficult for Ocaya Jimmy to remember the night he was abducted by the LRA. The year was 1997, and Jimmy was 9 years old. “They came in, broke in the house where we were at and they tortured one of my cousins seriously,” Jimmy recalls. Soon after, he and four of his cousins […]

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November 3, 2014

by Camille Marie-Regnault

Kony 101 // What are some lesser-known consequences of the LRA?

In addition to the constant threat of attack and abduction, the LRA has presented vulnerable communities in central Africa with numerous institutional challenges. In recent years, the LRA’s survival strategies have shifted towards looting and stealing crops – threatening these communities’ food security on a huge scale. In fact, one of the worst consequences of the LRA’s […]

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October 22, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Welcome Home // Released women and children return to Uganda

What gets us more excited than free Halloween candy? Well, unlimited free Halloween candy… and inspiring updates from our International Programs team. In case you missed it… Over the summer, we saw an unprecedented increase in LRA defections and releases. Since August, around 100 individuals have returned home from the LRA. Whether they were released or […]

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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 22, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Education for peace // LSP student Bongomin Johnson

Bongomin Johnson is a student in Senior 3 at Saint Joseph’s College Layibi (SJCL). Before the conflict, SJCL was one of the top 25 schools in northern Uganda. While it suffered significantly during the war, hardworking students like Johnson are helping the school to again reach its success. Johnson hopes to be a lawyer in […]

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September 9, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Dreaming of Teaching // Meet Rubangkene Erick

Rubangkene Erick joined the Legacy Scholarship Program in 2013 when he was entering Senior 4. He came to Gulu Secondary School to complete his A Levels, an important step for entering university. Erick, now in Senior 6, plans to sit for exams at the end of term three with the hopes of entering university and pursuing the […]

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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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September 5, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Photo Friday // Classroom Views at Atanga SS

Students at Atanga Secondary School take a break from exam preparation in a classroom furnished by Invisible Children’s Schools for Schools program. Atanga was displaced during the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict, and the support of Invisible Children helped it to return to its campus. We are empowering Ugandan students to receive education through our Legacy Scholarship […]

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