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July 30, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

Reblog // Masculinity and violence in DR Congo

In 2011, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) was named the worst place in the world to be a woman. According to the statistics, 48 women are raped every hour in DR Congo. And it’s believed that many rapes go unreported. While this trend of sexual violence in conflict is often discussed as a women’s issue, the perpetrators […]

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July 25, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

Humanitarians who made us // Dan Eldon

“Stand on the shoulders of giants.” It’s Google Scholar’s slogan, but it could just as easily be ours. The work we’ve done and continue to do is only possible because of others who have come before us. The United Nations designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to celebrate the work of […]

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July 24, 2014

by Lauren Manning

DR Congo’s step to end sexual violence and child recruitment

We live in a world where hundreds of thousands of women and girls are trafficked within and across borders each year, sexual exploitation runs rampant, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not outlawed. In this same world, rebel groups, such as Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, continue to abduct children into their […]

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July 22, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Reblog // How Kony ‘hibernates’ to evade capture

As we work to protect communities from the violence of Joseph Kony’s rebel army, Ugandan and United States military forces are leading efforts to find him once and for all. But the man we made famous in 2012 is still eluding capture. Though he is thought to be hiding in Kafia Kingi, recent defectors admit that they have not had […]

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July 18, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Nelson Mandela International Day // New hands to lift the burdens

At Invisible Children, we operate on the belief that the world can be better than it is. Nelson Mandela is an incredible example of that conviction, and his work for human rights in South Africa makes him one of our heroes. Today, we join the world in celebrating Mandela Day, a recognition and continuation of […]

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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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July 9, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Reblog // More than 60 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram captors

A few months ago, the rebel group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 school girls in Nigeria, and the world reacted in outrage through #BringBackOurGirls. We have been following this situation closely because (a) it’s heartbreaking and (b) because there have been a lot of parallels between Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army. This week, we’ve picked up some […]

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June 19, 2014

by Stephanie Mullen

The World Cup // When we play together, we win together

Over the past week (and it’s safe to say for the next month) in the Invisible Children office, you can find people sneaking off to our warehouse to watch the World Cup while doing their work. We even have a tiny soccer field set up so that we can play during lunch. There is a spirit […]

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June 16, 2014

by Lauren Manning

Honoring the Day of the African Child

On June 16, 1976, thousands of schoolchildren peacefully took to the streets of Soweto, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This protest, later known as the Soweto Uprising, has been memorialized as the Day of the African Child ever since 1991. It serves a reminder of the constant need for improved education services for children across the African continent. […]

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June 13, 2014

by Miranda Brown

Sexual violence in war: testimonies of LRA survivors

Sexual violence is systematically being used as a weapon of war in the 21st century, including in the LRA conflict. It’s an issue shrouded in shame and taboo, and it thrives on silence. This week, a conference in London provided a platform for victims and advocates to speak out about the problem. The Global Summit […]

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