LRA Crisis Tracker Goes LIVE
Invisible Children has partnered with Resolve to launch a real-time mapping platform and data collection system created to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa. As accurately stated on this new site:
The Lord’s Resistance Army is a deadly rebel group responsible for the murder, abduction, and displacement of thousands of innocent civilians in Central Africa over the past 25 years. Many of their victims are abducted children whom they forcefully conscript into their ranks, or take as sex slaves. Still, due to the lack of transportation and communication infrastructures in areas of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Southern Sudan (S.Sudan), and Central African Republic (CAR) where the group now operates, eighty-five percent of their attacks are never reported publicly.
They will be leveraging the technology of Invisible Children’s Early Warning Network of radios in the affected region in addition to research conducted by the UN and other international organizations working on the ground. These reports will be made available in real-time to decision makers and the public at large in this new interactive platform called LRA Crisis Tracker.
Here’s a brief introductory video about how this site works:
This is amazing technology that will help keep all of us connected to this effort in ending LRA’s presence in this region. Also, it will provide a practical way for us to give and see the impact of our voice.
It has been deeply encouraging to see more world leaders give more attention to this conflict. President Obama recently announced the sending of 100 military advisors and troops to the affected region to help stop the LRA.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the LRA, here is a brief introductory video: