Opondo Escapes Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army
LRA rebels raided Lamwolode, Uganda, and brutally kidnapped a ten-year-old boy named Opondo. He was stolen from his family, forced to kill innocent civilians, and brainwashed into believing that escape was impossible. Fifteen years later, while listening to an Invisible Children sponsored program on UBC Shortwave radio, Opondo overheard a former LRA member call him by name. His friend urged Opondo to safely surrender and provided reassurance that he would not be harmed if he did.
Later, a letter was found by the road from Opondo's LRA group stating they wanted to surrender. Invisible Children heard about the letter and took immediate action by rallying supporters to donate to a Flash Action Alert. In just over 48 hours, we were able to raise enough to drop 20,000 “come home” fliers over the area near Garamba National Park where the group was suspected to be hiding. On August 21, Opondo, now 25, came out of the bush and surrendered to UN peacekeepers and Congolese security forces holding both a flier and his shortwave radio in his hands.
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