The LRA operates in some of the most remote regions of central Africa, terrorizing communities that lack the basic communication infrastructure to report LRA attacks or receive warning when LRA groups are active nearby. Historically, the rebel group has been able to move freely throughout its area of operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Sudanese-controlled enclave of Kafia Kingi, attacking isolated villages that have a limited capacity to broadcast their plight. These atrocities go largely undetected and undeterred. In December 2009, the LRA attacked ten villages spanning a distance of 105 km in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing more than 320 people in four days during what became known as the Makombo Massacre. The lack of communication systems, combined with the limited capacity of local security forces, meant that communities along this route received no advance warning that the LRA was approaching.
The Early Warning Network exists to disrupt these patterns of violence. It’s composed of high-frequency, two-way, long-range radios that give communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR) the ability to report LRA activity to one another. Invisible Children has partnered with local community organizations to utilize local expertise and expand the HF network in a sustainable way.