Past event

Research Event

Connecting Communities in Conflict: Civil Society Innovation in the DRC

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, DRC and Great Lakes

Participants

Abbé Benoît Kinalegu, Activist, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

It is estimated that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has a force of fewer than 500 fighters, but it is alleged to have forced over 440,000 people from their homes in this year alone. Alongside the presence and efforts of international military in the region, including from the African Union and the United States, local communities and civil society have been active in developing early warning systems and in establishing crucial rehabilitation centres to assist victims.

Abbé Benoît Kinalegu received the Human Rights Watch Alison Des Forges Award in 2012 for his work to expose abuses committed by the LRA and to rehabilitate victims. He will talk about the role of local communities and civil society groups in dealing with atrocities and building stable societies for the future.