In December of 2009, the LRA killed 321 civilians in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the incredible scale and brutality of the violence, the international community did not learn of the massacre until March 2010—three months later.
The LRA has abducted and killed thousands of people and the group’s movement and activities remained grossly under-reported and difficult to track. Not only did the general public and the international community have limited knowledge of the frequency of LRA attacks, but humanitarians, policy makers and security forces also faced challenges deploying services effectively because of the lack of credible data available. While NGOs and UN agencies independently report information, there had not been an effective aggregator of information to facilitate this process until 2011.
Invisible Children’s response
The LRA Crisis Tracker is a crisis-mapping social web platform that broadcasts the attacks and other activities perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in near real time.