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17 Mar 2017 description
report Invisible Children

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 14 attacks in January 2017 in which they abducted 59 civilians, the highest monthly abduction total since September 2016. However, the 59 abductions in January 2017 was a sharp reduction compared to January 2016, when LRA forces abducted 171 civilians.

17 Jan 2017 description

Executive Summary

Since founding the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda in the late 1980s, Joseph Kony’s control over the group’s command structure has been remarkably durable. Despite having no formal military training, he has motivated and ruled LRA members with a mixture of harsh discipline, incentives, and clever manipulation. When necessary, he has demoted or executed dozens of commanders that he perceived as threats to his power.

05 Jan 2017 description
interactive Invisible Children, Resolve
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LRA Crisis Tracker - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.
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Dashboard - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.
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Uganda LRA Combatants - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.

LRA Violence Against Civilians
Attacks, killings, and abductions committed against civilians by the LRA, with additional options to view violence against civilians by unidentified armed groups and other non-state armed groups in LRA-affected areas.

Major LRA Attacks
Attacks in which an LRA group killed at least five people and/or abducted at least 10 civilians.

25 Oct 2016 description
report Invisible Children

Overview

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) forces abducted 94 civilians in 38 attacks in Quarter 3 2016 (Q3 2016), covering the months of July–September 2016. Q3 levels of abductions and attacks were significantly lower than those in Q1 and Q2. Within Q3, September was the most violent month of LRA activity, with nearly double the number of abductions (61) as July and August combined (33).

24 Oct 2016 description

Overview

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) forces abducted 94 civilians in 38 attacks in Quarter 3 2016 (Q3 2016), covering the months of July–September 2016. Q3 levels of abductions and attacks were significantly lower than those in Q1 and Q2. Within Q3, September was the most violent month of LRA activity, with nearly double the number of abductions (61) as July and August combined (33).

27 Sep 2016 description

Overview

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 12 attacks in August 2016 in which they abducted 20 civilians. All 20 abductees escaped or were released within days of being abducted, in most cases after being used to porter looted goods. August was the second consecutive month of relatively low levels of LRA violence following spikes in activity in January, February, and June 2016.

LRA abductions concentrated in eastern CAR

20 Jul 2016 description

Executive Summary

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony has proven capable of outmaneuvering internal rivals and external military threats for nearly three decades, but his once firm control over the group’s command structure is eroding. LRA groups are scattered across a vast territory, and Ugandan fighters are defecting at a slow but steady rate, demoralized by Kony’s harsh disciplinary measures and lack of vision for the future. At least one group of LRA officers led by Achaye Doctor has splintered and is operating independently of Kony’s command.

03 Mar 2016 description

SOMMAIRE EXÉCUTIF

En 2015, les forces de l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (LRA) étaient actives en République Centrafricaine (RCA), dans la République Démocratique du Congo (Congo/RDC), au Soudan du Sud, et dans l’enclave disputée de Kafia Kingi à la frontière entre le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud. La LRA a enlevé 612 personnes dans 203 attaques en 2015, une légère diminution par rapport à 2014, bien que le nombre d’enlèvements était plus élevé qu’ils ne l’étaient en 2012 ou 2013.

03 Mar 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2015, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) forces were active in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo), South Sudan, and in Sudanese-controlled areas of South Darfur and the disputed Kafia Kingi enclave. The LRA abducted 612 people in 203 attacks in 2015, a slight reduction compared to 2014, though the number of abductions was higher than in both 2012 and 2013.

26 Jan 2016 description
report Invisible Children

In 2015, Joseph Kony’s fighters abducted 103 people in Central African Republic (CAR). In just the first three weeks of 2016, they’ve already abducted 94 individuals. Below, our colleague Paul Ronan of the LRA Crisis Initiative provides his analysis for the sudden and extremely concerning surge in LRA activities.

24 Jun 2015 description

In December of 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 people 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.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Invisible Children

Non-profit organization working to bring a permanent end to the violence of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and East Africa will launch Finishing Fund to underwrite protection programs, and Citizen Volunteer Network to continue activism efforts before closing the doors on US headquarters

24 Nov 2014 description
report Invisible Children

On the morning of November 21st, a 30-year-old South Sudanese man returned from LRA captivity with a 16-year-old Central African girl in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). The young girl was reportedly abducted three years ago in Bakouma, CAR while the man was abducted near Juba, South Sudan.

19 Nov 2014 description
  • Kony ordered LRA elephant poaching mission to DRC’s Garamba National Park

  • LRA fighters collecting gold and diamonds in eastern Central African Republic

  • Illicit ivory, gold, and diamonds reportedly sent to Kony’s hideout in Sudanese-controlled Kafia Kingi enclave

05 Nov 2014 description

Tracking Kony across central Africa

By Paul Ronan

12 Feb 2014 description

Résumé: Les cinq évolutions les plus importantes de la LRA en 2013

12 Feb 2014 description
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Security brief
Press release

Today, Invisible Children and The Resolve released the 2013 LRA Crisis Tracker Security Brief. This annual report provides analysis on all data collected as part of the LRA Crisis Tracker, providing actionable intelligence for counter-LRA actors and valuable information for the public.

The report identifies five key findings from the 2013 data:

1.THE LRA LOST AS MUCH AS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS CORE FIGHTING CAPACITY.

10 Jun 2013 description

Executive Summary

Early 2013 shows cyclical uptick in attacks

The LRA committed 58 attacks between January and March 2013 (Quarter 1 of 2013, or Q1 2013), compared to 36 attacks between October and December 2012 (Q4 2012).

The increase in LRA attacks in early 2013 continues a trend seen in early 2012 and early 2011, in which the number of LRA attacks rose compared to the last three months of the previous year. Despite the rise in attacks, the LRA committed fewer abductions in early 2013 (69) than in late 2012 (111).