Hellen Lalam last saw her daughter, Dorine Ajok, in 2006. Her family was living in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.
One evening, Dorine had left to fetch firewood back in their home village. That day, rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) were in the area. They abducted Dorine while she was walking.
Hellan hasn't seen her since. To his day, she does not know if her daughter is dead or alive. "As her mother, if she is still there, I would ask God to bring her back home."
All Hellen has left to remember Dorine by is her school ID; she clings to it tightly hoping her daughter will return home one day.
Akello Acii was 12 years old when she was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in 2004. Her mother, Anek Judita, last saw her on the morning she was abducted.
Judita has not seen her daughter since, but she cherishes her memory. When Acii was a young girl she planted a mango tree and a jackfruit tree on her family's land.
Once only seedlings, today the trees are full grown and they remind Judita of the daughter she once had. "When I sit under the tree, when I eat the fruit, I remember my daughter."
Owiny Charles sat on a bench, with tears in his eyes, as he shared memories of his daughter, Akello Vicky.
Vicky was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 2003 when she was still in primary school. On the night of her abduction, Charles woke up and found the rebels in his house. They took Vicky and three of her cousins. Her cousins escaped but Vicky did not; she is still with the LRA.
It has been ten years since Charles last saw his daughter. He prays God would do him a favor and keep Vicky alive. His message to her, "I kindly beg you, my youngest daughter, if you are alive with Kony or living somewhere, please come home."
Invisible Children works with partner organizations and local leaders to send come home messages directly to LRA groups.
Many LRA, whether recently abducted or longtime combatants, have a strong desire to escape and return home. Invisible Children's fliers have photos of former LRA members who have defected and instructions for surrendering safely, often with specific locations for them to defect.
Almost 1,000,000 compostable fliers have been printed and distributed throughout central Africa, in areas known to harbor LRA. Encouraging and facilitating the peaceful surrender of combatants is one of the most effective ways to reduce threats to communities and debilitate the LRA's operation.
89% of returned LRA cite home home radio messages and fliers as influential in their decision to escape.