Saturday, June 20, 2009

invisible children

(my photo of the event)

"On Saturday April 25th at 3:00pm to Sunday April 26th until 8:15pm I left my home to participate 30 miles away at an event called The Rescue. In roughly 100 cities across the world in 10 countries, over tens of thousands of passionate people were doing the same as I.
The event was put on by Invisible Children, an organization devoted to rescuing the thousands of children who are abducted by Joseph Kony to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda for Africa’s longest running war of 23 years. An estimated 90% of the LRA is made of abducted children who are forced to fight for Joseph Kony who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for 33 charges. 12 are crimes against humanity and 11 war crimes. These charges are for murder, enslavement, sexual enslavement, and rape, cruel treatment of civilians, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, inducing rape, and forced enlisting of children into the rebel ranks. Tens of thousands of children from Northern Uganda every night walk for miles to populated cities to escape abduction by the LRA.
We gathered in downtown SLO and from there walked about a mile to a nearby park. On the way we walked single file all holding onto a rope. About 150 of us walked to the park where we stayed the night waiting to be “rescued” by someone who is recognized as a mogul [such as a politician or celebrity]. We wrote letters to California’s senators, stood out on the street holding signs and donated money to the organization. We were “rescued” Sunday night and afterwards some of the participants hopped on a bus and headed to Las Vegas to join their mission to be rescued.
The purpose of this event is to bring awareness and action to the situation in Nothern Uganda. By persisting to stay until being rescued we want to send a message that we will not give up until peace is restored, Joseph Kony is brought to justice, and the child soldiers are rescued."

I wrote this just a few days after i attended the event.
The organization is now [and has been] planning what they hope to be one of the biggest lobby days in American history in order to bring awareness to the issue.
In Washington D.C. it will be held on June 22 to the 23.

Please support the cause. Especially if you able to make the event.
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1 comment:

  1. I'd like to alert you to a new book on Kony and his child soldiers titled, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army, available at Amazon.