For decades, Joseph Kony has ruled his army through fear and lies, convincing members of the LRA that they can never return home because their own families and communities won’t accept them. Many LRA soldiers are unwilling combatants and have little desire to continue fighting. They are hundreds of kilometers from home and disconnected from the original political goals of the LRA. Abductees fear the response of local communities, security forces and even their own families.
Our defection fliers are practical and emotional messages of hope that combat Kony’s lies, encouraging LRA combatants to surrender and giving them instructions for how to do so safely. This includes directions to specific locations called “Safe Reporting Sites”, where local authorities will receive LRA escapees. The fliers also have photos of recently escaped LRA combatants, shown holding the flier they surrendered with, or reunited with their families – these defectors are often known and recognized by those still fighting.