Surge of LRA Escapees Weakens Splinter Factions and Exposes Gaps in Support
Since December 2020, a total of 62 long-term captives have escaped or defected from LRA splinter factions in the DRC and CAR, striking a serious blow to their strength and highlighting the importance of transit and reunification programs and gaps in long-term reintegration assistance.
Remembering a Peacemaker || Father Benoît Kinalegu
Five years ago today, Congolese communities and the world lost a hero. On April 8, 2016, Father Benoît Kinalegu, the father of the Early Warning Network and a great advocate for Central African communities passed away in Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Today, on the anniversary of his death, Invisible Children and our partners […]
Saving Lives and Building Resilience
Introducing Gaspard*, an Early Warning Network radio operator in his village, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With your support, Gaspard saves lives. Gaspard’s village is very remote, sitting on the edge of Garamba National Park. As you might imagine, groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and armed poachers have taken advantage of […]
International Women’s Day : An Interview with Bénédicte and Marie Joséphat
In honor of International Women’s Day, we spoke with two of the women on our team in CAR about their role as women in peacebuilding.
Guest Post | Zande Perception on Kin: What Binds Humans Together by Isaac Waanzi
Much of Invisible Children’s work is focused in a region of central Africa largely populated by members of the Zande ethnic group. Seeking out and understanding the perspectives of Zande people is a central component of our work. So, we were excited to meet Isaac Waanzi, an aspiring Zande anthropologist. Isaac is an ethnic Zande […]
Reflections from our CEO on ICC conviction of LRA leader Dominic Ongwen
On February 4, 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a verdict in the trial of former senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered to African Union forces in January 2015 after almost 30 years in the bush as an LRA rebel fighter. The ICC found Ongwen guilty of 61 out of […]
Adaptive Peace || Using WhatsApp and SMS Text to Share Life-Saving Information
Our ‘right tech’ approach to expanding the Early Warning Network ensures that this life-saving information sharing system works in all contexts.
While world awaits Ongwen verdict, the LRA continues to abduct children in central Africa
On February 4th, the ICC is scheduled to issue a verdict on former LRA commander, Domenic Ongwen. Meanwhile, the LRA continues to abduct children in central Africa.
Local Approaches to Mediating Conflict between Farmers and Pastoralists
“Recurring issues near Sam Ouandja often involve tensions between pastoralists traveling from South Sudan and Sudan during the dry season and destroying farmers’ fields with their cattle. This was the case in the nearby community of Yangou Wassa, where farmers requested that ex-Seleka factions and local authorities take retributive action against pastoralists in May […]