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Written By Jerri Chou
Nov 24, 2010
The war in Northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU's attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth that has never known peace.
Invisible Children is one group that's out to make a difference. What started as a trip to Africa to make a film has turned into a galvanizing effort to share the profound story of a country and its children, to inspire action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore Northern Uganda to peace and prosperity.
Started by filmmakers, the group uses creativity to motivate others to connect and help through direct support and advocacy. They're now spreading the message through screenings of their documentary, and promoting organized tours throughout North America where survivors can share their stories face-to-face. By putting faces to these stories, Invisible Children is raising money and affecting change in Uganda--but they still have miles to go. Take a look at the video below to learn more:
For using the power of storytelling and creativity to inspire the world to help end the longest-running war in Africa, Invisible Children is Character Approved.
[Image: Invisible Children]
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