Our Mother Care Groups in Uganda provide maternal and child health support for refugees returning to reestablish their lives since the tenuous 2006 peace settlement with the LRA. For the past three years, the program has reached deep into communities, training mothers to spread health lessons from within. Read more about how these special women are improving the well-being of entire villages.
The fact that the most viral video in history is about a central African human rights issue, rather than a music debut or a laughing baby, is impressive. But advocacy messages that happen to resonate with the public do not lead inevitably to the right solutions. As Congo expert Séverine Autessere wrote in a recent journal article, advocacy narratives tend to frame the policy debates that ensue — and overly simplistic narratives can cause real harm.
Our own Jeremy Konyndyk shares his thoughts on Kony2012 over at The Huffington Post.
Joseph Kony and his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army may now be the most notorious exploiters of children, but they’re not alone. Children have joined the battle in 19 countries, according to Child Soldiers International’s most recent report; in Colombia, upwards of 16,000 kids are fighting for one of several armed groups. We’re working to ensure these young people can rejoin society and be given a chance to succeed in life.
Learn more about what Mercy Corps is doing to reintegrate child soldiers.