Do More Than Just Watch

Invisible Children

Invisible Children

It’s already been four years since I left Africa. I enjoy my time in Korea, and love the opportunity it has given me to see more of the world. Although it’s been several years, I still feel an attachment to Africa.

While on a rafting trip in Uganda, I was shocked by a picture I saw in a newspaper: a little girl whose lips had been cut off. Who does that???

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is a guerilla army operating mainly in northern Uganda and parts of Sudan. They have been waging war against the Ugandan government since 1987, making it one of the longest running conflicts in the world. The LRA are notorious for kidnapping children and mutilating victims.

Different sources estimate that the LRA has between 500 and 3,000 soldiers, along with about 1,500 women and children. In 2005 the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Joseph Kony (the LRA’s leader) and his top commanders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Yet, the Ugandan government and other world powers have been unable or unwilling to put an end to all this killing and suffering.

From December 25th to 27th 2008, the LRA attacked several villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 people were killed and over 20,000 were displaced. Some were hacked to pieces, raped or had their lips cut off. Around 160 children were abducted.

This is where the Invisible Children come in. The Invisible Children is a non-profit organization catering to the children who have been affected by this conflict. They have been raising international awareness, rescuing children and building schools.

You can watch Part 2 here , or watch the full video here.

The Invisible Children are doing great work. Please visit their site to learn more and see how you can help.

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~ by nathanhendrix on February 22, 2009.

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