In December of 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 civilians in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite the incredible scale and brutality of the violence, the international community did not learn of the massacre until March 2010—three months later.
Over the last decade, the LRA has abducted and killed thousands of people in isolated areas of northeastern DRC, eastern Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, exploiting local communities, wildlife, and natural resources alongside several other violent armed groups. However, due to the isolation and neglect which characterizes this region, the movement and activities of armed groups, including the LRA, remained grossly under-reported and difficult to track of. Not only did the general public and the international community have limited knowledge of the frequency attacks on communities, 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 was not an effective aggregator of information to facilitate this process until 2011.
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) as well as that of other armed groups operating in the same region, in near real time.