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UPDATE: Captured LRA Lt. Charles Okello once served as Joseph Kony’s security

On Monday, April 21, a UPDF (Ugandan People Defense Force) contingent of the AU-RTF (African Union Regional Task Force) captured LRA Lieutenant Charles Okello. Lt. Okello is a long standing mid-level LRA fighter who has been with the LRA since at least the 1990’s when the LRA war was still devastating northern Uganda. In the mid-1990’s [...] Read More

BREAKING NEWS: UPDF captures LRA commander and rescues 10 in CAR

The UPDF (the Ugandan military) just issued a press release reporting that after making contact with LRA forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) yesterday, they were able to capture LRA commander, Lt. Charles Okello. This UPDF contingent of the AU-RTF (African Union Regional Task Force) was also able to rescue 10 LRA captives, including [...] Read More

CNN video // Kidnapping children, from Nigeria to Uganda

Boko Haram militants. The group is responsible for the abduction of over 100 girls on Tuesday morning.

Early Tuesday morning in Nigeria, more than 100 schoolgirls were abducted from their beds. Suspected Islamic extremists from the group Boko Haram have taken the girls to become sex slaves and ‘cooks’. A few of the girls escaped from the truck they were piled into by swinging off branches and jumping from the moving vehicle. [...] Read More

Reblog // When trying to spur change, ‘the greatest sin is boring’

The following is reblogged from Laurie Goering with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. // With efforts to curb climate change bogged down by virtually every mistake in the book – messages delivered in impenetrable jargon, no clear way for individuals to take action, a focus on doomsday scenarios – campaigners might take some lessons from Ben Keesey. He’s [...] Read More

3 ways MINUSCA can tackle the LRA threat in CAR // The Resolve

The following article is reblogged from Paul Ronan and our partners at The Resolve. Since its founding in 2007, The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative has worked to end violent atrocities perpetrated  by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and support the sustainable recovery of communities in Africa affected by LRA abuses. — Yesterday the UN Security Council passed a [...] Read More

Rwanda: learning to remember

French forces in Rwanda were accused of not doing enough to stop the killing

Genocide: the deliberate murder of a racial or cultural group. On April 6, 1994, the plane carrying Rwanda and Burundi’s presidents was shot down. This double assassination of two ‘Hutus’ (the majority ethnic group in Rwanda) was the spark that ignited 100 days of massacre that left 800,000 Rwandans dead. They were mostly, though not exclusively, from [...] Read More

Samantha Power increases UN support in Central African Republic

Invisible Children is one in a coalition of NGOs that have been urging for stronger United States’ engagement in addressing the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). This week, we need your help in encouraging our policymakers to take action. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is traveling to Rwanda to commemorate the [...] Read More

NY Times Magazine: Portraits of Reconciliation

Twenty years ago today, one of the worst human rights crises began to unfold. This week, in remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, New York Times Magazine presented the powerful photoessay entitled “Portraits of Reconciliation”. // Last month, the photographer Pieter Hugo went to southern Rwanda, two decades after nearly a million people were [...] Read More

The EU commits 2.7 million dollars to the counter-LRA mission

Last week, we received the exciting news that the Obama Administration would be strengthening its efforts to help arrest Joseph Kony and end LRA violence by contributing at least four V-22 Osprey aircraft and additional military personnel to the counter-LRA mission. In the same week, we received even more encouraging news — the European Union [...] Read More

A letter from President Obama

Before the LRA Disarmament bill was passed in 2010, no U.S. President had publicly said the words Joseph Kony or the LRA. Look how far we’ve come. Yesterday, March 25th 2014, President Barack Obama released a letter to Congress about the deployment of additional forces to central Africa, in compliance with the War Powers Act. a [...] Read More