Invisible Children, a social justice non-profit organization, came to Pittsburg State Thursday night to show two documentaries, The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers and Emmy: The Story of an Orphan, related to their cause.
Invisible Children, a social justice non-profit organization, came to Pittsburg State Thursday night to show two documentaries, The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers and Emmy: The Story of an Orphan, related to their cause. Invisible Children hopes to document and stop a war in northern Uganda between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. Invisible Children roadie Tessa Deleo explains a bit about the program and the documentaries.
Q: What is your mission?
A: Invisible Children started in 2003. Three friends went to Uganda and found a war going on that had lasted for nearly 20 years. What they saw disturbed them, so they recorded it, brought it over here and made a film. They asked their friends to help out, and it turned into a movement.
Q: What do you want?
A: The way Joseph Kony keeps his rebel movement going is by abducting child soldiers. He pretty much lost any support for it at the beginning. The way he does it is to abduct children, brainwash them and force them to do very violent, horrible things.
Q: What is your goal for the documentary showing?
A: We have three goals. First, we’re signing up people for an event on April 25. Second, we are selling T-shirts and encouraging people to wear them to spread the awareness of the event. Third, we need financial support to help the people of Uganda.
Q: How can people in southeast Kansas help there?
A: Students at Pittsburg State are working really hard. William Payne does a lot of work on campus, spreading the word and trying to get people to participate. We just want people to know that their voice matters and that even though it’s easy to feel hopeless and overwhelmed, there is a clear action to take. All the people of Africa need is a voice, and we can give them that.
For more information, e-mail Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.invisiblechildren.com.