Connecting Communities in Conflict: Civil Society Innovation in the DRC
Abbé Benoît Kinalegu, Activist, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
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.