kelsey (shepak) wrote in uw,

Invisible Children

Hey Everyone, I haven't noticed any posts about Invisible Children or the events coming up this weekend to bring awareness of the war and genocide taking place in Sudan.

I'm not affiliated with any of the groups planning these events but I thought it was important to let everyone know.

Just a little background info about the film Invisible Children, (taken from "What started out as a film-making adventure in Africa, transformed into much more, when the three young American’s
(Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) original travels took a divine turn, and they found themselves stranded in Northern Uganda. They discovered children being kidnapped nightly from their homes and subsequently forced to become fight as child soldiers. This film is dedicated to exposing this tragic, and amazingly untold story.

Even at this moment, in Uganda, Children as young as 8 are methodically kidnapped from their homes by a rebel group called the “Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA). The abducted children are then desensitized to the horror of brutal violence and killing, as they themselves are turned into vicious fighters. Some escape and hide in constant fear for their lives. Most remain captive, and grow to maturity with no education other than life “in the bush” and fighting in a guerilla war. Of the many ramifications that a 20 -year-long war can cause, the film “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” highlights what the
community refers to as “NIGHT COMMUTERS.” We watch thousands of children “commute” out of fear, from their villages to nearby towns each night in order to avoid the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) abductions. They sleep in public places,vulnerable, and without supervision."

This weekend April 29th is the Global Night Commute, taking place in over 100 cities across America, including Seattle. Its giving up one night to commute down to your city's downtown area and sleep on the ground, just as the children in Northern Uganda do every single night. The website says to say this in response to why you are doing the Global Night Commute:

"Americans are closing their eyes to open the worlds' to an unseen war. By lying down, we are joining the invisible children in Northern Uganda and demanding that our government put an end to the longest running war in Africa, and one of the worst crises in the world today"

To sign up or find out more about Invisible Children, or other ways to provide support go to

Also, one last thing, there is going to be a march/rally on Sunday the 30th (across the nation, but also in Seattle). Go to

If nothing else, at least go to the websites to find out more about whats happening in Africa.

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