Monday, October 4, 2010

Invisible Children

The mission of this movement is "to use film, creativity, and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore Northern Uganda to peace and prosperity"

Some of the Invisible Children representatives came out to our church Sunday night along with some of the top students from the Legacy scholarship program. They showed some videos and answered questions about the latest progress in the fight against the LRA in Africa and how we can help.

When I first saw Francis Ojok (it was actually outside of Starbuck's before the presentation). He intimidated me a little. He was so tall and serious wearing all black. His eyes were like night and it was almost like you could peer into them and see the pain of his past. I couldn't imagine the horrors those eyes must have seen. Francis was one of only 3 people to survive the war in his community, leaving him an orphan. When I talked to him all the intimidation was shattered. Him and his friend were so friendly and lighthearted. They got a kick out Z and had me take some photos on their camera of the three of them. After hearing Francis's story and meeting him it became apparent to me that this young man was not just a survivor he was a hero.

If you are unfamiliar with the war or this campaign and what it is all about I would encourage you to check out their website, watch the Invisible Children documentary for all the details. A lot has been done already thanks to the increasing number of people getting involved and raising awareness, but there is still so much more that needs to be done in order to stop the killing and also to rebuild Uganda and the surrounding areas.

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