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BENEFITING: Invisible Children

Ashlie Power

THE STORY:

IC is a group of motivated misfits and masses redefining what it means to be an activist.

There is an invisible war in Africa: one man, Joseph Koney, terrorizing four countries. It is the longest running conflict on the continent, and the soldiers are children, abducted from their homes and forced to fight.

In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure became much more when they stumbled upon Africa’s longest-running war--a conflict where children were both the weapons and the victims.The war in northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU's attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth that has never known peace.

The LRA rebel movement can be traced back to a woman named Alice Lakwena. In the 1980s, Lakwena believed the Holy Spirit spoke to her and ordered her to overthrow the Ugandan government for being unjust to the Acholi. When Lakwena was exiled and no clear leader of the movement was left, Joseph Kony took control and created the LRA.

With dwindling approval for their cause and heightened government offensives, the rebels resorted to abducting children and indoctrinating them into their ranks. It is estimated that more than 90% of the LRA’s troops were abducted as children.If they were big enough to carry a gun, they were stolen from their homes at night and forced to kill. In an effort to stop the abductions, children left their homes at night to sleep anywhere they could.

IC is a movement seeking an end to this conflict and a way to bring the children home. IC seeks to rebuild schools, educate future leaders and provide jobs.

-www.invisiblechildren.com

Please help support Invisible Children now. Each and every dollar will help to stop this inhumanity. The donations will also build new schools and provide education to the area’s war-effected kids.

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