invisible children

i’ve been attending the sanctuary on sunday evenings for a few weeks in a row now, and last night they had a special screening of the invisible children film. it was funny (at times), heartfelt, touching, sad, sobering… it brought up an issue of which many people are not aware (myself included, until now).

apparently, there are children in uganda who are abducted at a very young age, and forced to serve in child armies. they are brainwashed with brutal scare-tactics and other means, trained to go around killing people, in turn abducting/recruiting other children into the ranks.

there are those kids who have managed to either escape from the clutches of these rebel armies, or those that have yet to be taken. these kids spend their days hiding from the soldiers – especially at night, when they could be taken from their homes. there are groups of them that throng to common locations – a bus terminal, an underground location, wherever – and spend the night sleeping in one, big, huddled mass (in the dirt, sometimes in puddles of water, with only a threadbare blanket, if anything). i can’t even begin to convey the desolation and desperation of this national crisis.

on april 29th, there will be what is being called a global night commute (you’ll meet at a common location, in rhode island it will probably be somewhere in the city of providence, similar to what the children have to do in uganda), where you can take a stand against this abomination, and hopefully stir up some media/government interest. i’m thinking about doing this, although a little wary about it at the same time simply because i’m not good at vocalizing my stand on issues (if i were interviewed, for instance). i did buy a bracelet last night, one of the fundraising efforts that supplies jobs to some of the people in uganda, raises awareness. it’s a small step, but one of which i was capable.

if you have a chance, visit the website and watch the trailer. it’s neat, because this whole operation started out with kids going on a road trip to make a documentary; it has since spiralled into this huge movement, wholly run by other kids (all under 30, apparently). imagine being a part of this, affecting change for good in the world. it’s inspiring.