By: Connor Showalter with contributions from Sarah Beltz
What’s Invisible Children?
It is an organization that is focused to bring peace to Africa’s longest war in history, which has been going on now for over 23 years in Uganda. The two groups involved in the conflict include the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda. The LRA is a rebel group led by a man by the name of Joseph Kony. It is estimated he abducted about 20,000 children from their homes throughout the years to fight in the war.
Invisible Children wants to attract anyone and everyone to see the film and become aware of what is happening in Uganda and why it needs to end. The screening of its newest film, “The Rescue” will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Kehr Union Ballroom.
Top Reasons Why You Should See the Film:
1.) It’s Entertaining.
The short documentary was made by three young guys from Southern California, who are about the same age as college students. Thus, the message they convey is one that people can relate with and understand. Also, their filmmaking style is visually creative enough to hold the attention of any viewer.
2.) Be Part of a Youth Movement.
The Invisible Children organization was designed by leaders of a young generation who want to be the change in the world. Many schools throughout the nation are viewing the same film and the cause needs as many people as possible to get involved. One BU student said it best when he recited the old saying, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” as he signed Amnesty International’s petition to go to the government, a week ago.
3.) It’s Informative.
The history of the situation in Uganda is told as a powerful story and is easy to understand. They set up this documentary to educate the public to become aware about the injustices occurring in Africa that many people do not know about. The makers of the documentary breakdown every aspect of the war and describe the conflict in a way that is interesting and comprehensible.
You will have the chance to write a letter to your government. This is your chance to tell your leaders what you really think about the issue in Uganda and why they should be more active in finding solutions for Africa.
5.) It’s Free!
Take a break from your studies or other work and spend time with your friends that actually will be productive use of your leisure time. This is one movie you won’t have to pay every dollar out of your wallet to see as well, since it’s free to all.
6.) Learn to Appreciate Your Life.
The children in Uganda have experienced nothing but war during their whole lives. This film will give you a new perspective on your life and you will become deeply grateful for all that you have. A common resource we all share is education, a valuable opportunity that the youth of Uganda cannot seize. Invisible Children is trying to solve that problem with their program called, “Schools For Schools.
7.) Support Your Peers.
There has been a lot of time and effort put into making this event successful by several BU organizations including: Amnesty International, BU Honors Program, Chi Sigma Rho, and H.O.P.E.
For more information on the history of the war and what Invisible Children are doing to help, see www.invisiblechildren.com
Image provided by: Invisible Children