Invisible Children

Nightly children in northern
Uganda leave home to commute to a safe sleeping place in the center of nearby
city neighborhoods to avoid forced conscription into the Lord’s Resistance Army
or sex slavery.
(Updated 2:55 P.M. November 12, 2006)

Jan Egeland, Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator for the United Nations was unsuccessful today in securing release of women and children held as slaves by the Lord’s Resistance Army, according to a report by the Associated Press this afternoon. Joseph Koney, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army denied holding children, saying the LRA is holding only combatants.

Every night an internal migration occurs in northern Uganda. Children in villages and urban neighborhoods commute at dusk to safe places where they sleep en masse to avoid abduction into the Lord’s Resistance Army or sex slavery. It’s a tragic reality that has been going on in this war-torn region for years.

Three young U.S. filmmakers documented the night commute in 2003 and with friends organized Invisible Children, a movement advocating for peace in northern Uganda and offering hope to children caught up in this terrible exploitation.

This holiday season Invisible Children is releasing a book about the project and is also looking for sites to present the film documentary.

Several videos about children in war zones in Africa are housed on YouTube.

I Got Soul is a moving music video showing public demonstrations in the U.S. for Invisible Children.

Give Rise to Blind Eyes is a music video calling for advocacy for the children.

A Million Voices is a touching video about the children of Rwanda, some of whom were conscripted during the genocide there.

Thanks to Ken Sloane for pointing me to the Invisible Chlidren link.

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