I first heard about the Invisible Children movement in college. It was 2003 and someone brought it up in one of my International Studies courses. I was horrified to learn that Ugandan children were running away from home at night to sleep in fields so they wouldn’t be abducted into a crazy man’s army. I remember attending a rally and sleeping in the quad, which was supposed to show support for the victims of Joseph Kony’s lunacy. It mostly ended up being a chance to make out with the guy you thought was cute from your discussion lab or whatever, but in the end, it did raise awareness about the problem. And then somewhere along the way, I forgot how outraged I was and I moved on to other things. But this guy, he and his friends never stopped pushing to be heard. It took them 8 years, but they finally got all the way to the President, who has pledged military support to stop the LRA from stealing children and forcing them to kill.
Watch this film. Hear their stories. And then find a way to participate in this. Even this simple reblog, which I’m happy to be able to do, will get the word out faster than some college campus sleepover. It takes less effort, but the internet is amazingly powerful and hopefully this story can grab the attention of millions and keep lawmakers working to end Kony’s regime.