Monday, June 26, 2006

Invisible Children

When we were at the FusionConference, one of the breakout sessions was entitled "Invisible Children" and it was touted as something every American must see. Intrigued, we went to the session and sat down to watch a video. I had no idea how much my heart would be changed. The documentary is about the children of Northern Uganda, and their everyday plight. These children are kidnapped at night and forced to be in the rebel army. They watch as their friends and siblings are brutally killed for disobedience or trying to escape, and are scared into killing for the army. As a result, the kids are herded into buildings at night in an attempt to protect them. You really NEED to see this video. There are trailers and other videos on the website. The best trailer is on their myspace. I think we really need to be educated about what is going on and then do all we can to educate others, write our representatives, etc. Just do what you can. The most amazing thing about these kids is that despite all the murder and fear around them, they have a joy that I have rarely seen before. We got to experience this recently, as our church hosted the African Childrens Choir. Our tour group, oddly, was from Uganda. Kyle and I immediately signed up to have some of the kids stay with us during their trip. We had three little girls: Esther, Victoria, and Arabella-

These girls didn't stop singing and dancing all night. They danced their way into bed. The next morning, they woke up and started dancing again. Once these kids are in the Choir, their education is paid for through post-secondary. These kids have basically won the African lottery. We really loved having these girls in our house, and it really made us even more passionate about the Invisible Children movement. If you have any questions or want to know more, PLEASE ask. Much of the world doesn't know or doesn't care that this is going on, so we need to do our part to educate.

6 comments:

Chase said...

Tim and I have read a lot about the plight of these kids and it's astounding what is going on over there. And the Western world is doing very little to change it. There waws an article in Chritianity Today a while back that explained more about what's going on. I'm glad you were able to welcome those girls into your home, what a fun experience!

amber hobbie said...

A group came to OWU during The Altar, which is our student lead service on Sunday nights, and presented the Invisible Children video and talked a lot about what is happening in Uganda. A student here was actually able to go there on a missions trip this summer. I'm glad you were able to hear about it! Hope all is well with you!!

Duck Hunter said...

It's not just Uganda. There are several African countries where rebels come into a village. .They will cut off a hand of all the people...even small children. This is to be a reminder of the warning.

I think it is cool you had the opportunity to see that and have those girls stay with you.

Angela said...

i think we all need to be more open to what is really going on in our world. i watched a documentary two nights ago on Zimbabwe. Similar things are going on; the government has become extremely oppresive and they allow no journalists in the country. After that there was a special on the Dallas gay man's chorus which was also fascinating.
I am intersted in helping...keep me informed.

Angela said...

PS there was a bill that has lost it's funding the last two budget cycles that was introduced by Jim McGovern from MA. t's purpose was to fund schools in African nations because one problem is that the only "schools" around are sponsored by these rebel groups.

Miranda said...

Yeah, it's crazy how much there is going on in the world that we don't know about or don't hear about.