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The Bells Staff
Civil war has been tearing apart the African country of Uganda for more than 20 years. The Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony has devastated Uganda with mass violence and countless abductions.
In 2003 a group of young film makers went to Africa in search of a story. They found it when they discovered the “night commuters,” children who leave their homes every night to go sleep in the safety of a shelter.
The LRA abducts these children, gives them a gun, and in many cases forces them to kill their families to forge their allegiance to the LRA as child soldiers.
Appalled, provoked and earnest to help, Jason Russel, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole founded Invisible Children, a non-profit organization focused on rescuing child soldiers and protecting the people of Uganda.
Invisible Children is a great way for people to learn exactly what is happening on the other side of the world. The website is helpful, and it allows people to make donations to a good cause as well as increase awareness in communities.
Getting on the LRA Crisis Tracker online should open the public’s eyes to what is going on in these people’s lives and the fear they live in every day.
One certainly could not imagine having neighbors and relatives bound to trees and massacred on a regular basis, or their house being ransacked and all of their belongings stolen.
These are the things many Ugandans live with constantly, due to the evil and greedy ways of the rebel group. Americans need to remember to keep these people and their circumstances in their daily prayers.
Hopefully more people will join this movement to help children who are in such desperate need of attention and care.
The work that Invisible Children has been doing for the past several years is really quite admirable, especially in raising awareness and making others listen. The most heartbreaking part of the whole situation is that people know and yet seldom do anything about it.
Right now, thousands are suffering from this cruel and unnecessary war, yet here in America, we are so consumed with the latest scandal and celebrity gossip, that it continues to happen as we pretend these children and their captures do not exist.
If those who are able to do something, even a little something, in the same way those with Invisible Children have, there is no reason why this injustice cannot be stopped.
With their new Frontline tour, Invisible Children, Inc. will tour the U.S. taking donations to speak and raise awareness in communities all over the country.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has already decided to support the tour and has scheduled a visit for 10 and 11 a.m. chapel services Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Invisible Children coming to campus would make a huge impact on anyone who is able to see them. They have come to chapel in previous years and many students loved hearing all of the stories they had to tell.
With the Christian attitude the university fosters, there is no doubt that making UMHB a stop on the Frontline tour will benefit the school, the organization, and most importantly, the people of Uganda.
Invisible Children is such a great organization and has done so much for the citizens of Uganda who can’t speak for themselves.
The dangerous situations the young founders have put themselves in and the persistence they have shown over the years says a lot about their integrity.
There are not many people who care about an issue they aren’t directly related to enough to put their very lives in danger to bring about change.
With movements like the Frontline tour, Invisible Children is finally gaining national and worldwide support, and rightly so. Their organization sets the bar for nonprofit social justice groups on how to do things right and to pursue issues, seeing them through until the very end.