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Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 29th 2009, 03:12 PM

Fear not, I've asked a forum moderator to make sure making this thread would be okay. As I'd thought, it does fall under the "Current Events" section of this forum [*thus, I'm not particularly looking for a debate as I don't feel I have anything to debate, but I do have a few thoughts at the end of this post. Feel free to reply accordingly].

First of all, my recap of the event held on April 25th, 2009:

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There's a war in Uganda going on that's started over twenty years ago, and now it's under the direction of the [rather awful, abusive] Joseph Kony. He has "child soldiers" - they're part of the LRA - the Lord's Resistance Army. There's tons of them, and they are trained to fight and kill, and abduct other children from their homes at night. They tie them to ropes and threaten to kill them or their families if they talk or misbehave. They take them to the bush, which is where Kony stays and will not come out. Thus far, other countries refuse to get involved, but we're hoping for a peaceful protest. The bush/ Kony are surrounded by TONS of children with guns and weapons ready to kill. These kids are Invisible because no one sees them, and not many care about who they are. Their families haven't seen them since they got abducted, they have no idea who they are.

So, in 150 cities and 10 countries, people who knew/cared about the cause met. We met in a parking lot. We tied ourselves to ropes [to signify the fact that when the kids in Uganda are abducted, they are tied to ropes] and carried what we could carry. We walked four miles without making eye contact with any passerbys. Once we got to the site, we set up our own camp. "LRA" camp, we called it. People set out blankets and tarps and sleeping bags to spend the night. We wrote letters to senators, and waited for our "mogul" or celebrity to come "rescue" us - ie: show up at teh event and give an impromptu speech.

Ours came at 10:00PM - Matthew Mayfeild. Then, the lead singer from Wild Sweet Orange came later. They both talked a bit and shared some music with us. I left around 12AM, but some people stayed all night. And I met some AAMAAAAAZING people.

The website is being a wee bit slow, but you should check and make sure YOUR town has been rescued! nightof.therescue.invisiblechildren.com - if not, let me know what city and I'll look it up for you. [:
So, basically it was a sort of peaceful protest and I wanted to bring your attention to it in this thread. Chicago has still not been rescued! They are waiting on their official mogul and have been out on the streets waiting for over four days with reinforcements from Rescue Riders from all over the country. Before about last year, I didn't have any idea that there was stuff like this going on in Uganda, and I think it's horrible. And want it to stop, duh.

Anyway, you can check out the official site if you want to learn more about the war that's been going on for over twenty years and brings so many to invisibility by clicking here. To find out about the actual Rescue itself, please feel free to click here!

I was just curious as to if people actually knew/cared about what's going on in places where we DON'T live and people who we DON'T know or if people participated in THE RESCUE. And yes, this was an international event. A list of cities can be found here! Okay, peace out.

Edit: Oh, and this has also been covered all over local news stations and in newspapers. If you would like an official story, feel free to let me know and I'll find one for you. [:



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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 29th 2009, 04:16 PM

I think this is such an amazing idea for a truly amazing cause.
My friend first brought Invisible children to my attention a couple of months ago and i still cannot believe it. It's horrible what's going on in these countries but it's brilliant that people are finally stepping up.
I wish I could have attended but the nearest one is about a six hour drive from me. I'm glad your night was awesome though (:


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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 29th 2009, 05:02 PM

We did about invisible children last year in PSHCE. They showed us such a moving video. I was so upset I had to be taken out of the hall, it was so horrible. If I can join in the campaign then I definitely will.
   
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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 29th 2009, 10:32 PM

Katrina, we're going to watch the movie thing on Friday. It was totally random, and I was like OMG I was talking to Katrina about that!!!

Anyway, I think it's amazing you went. Sounds like so much fun!



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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 29th 2009, 11:09 PM

I've seen the Invisible Children movie twice and done the Gulu Walk a few times. This is the first time I've heard of The Rescue though. I'm definitely going to check out the website, thanks for sharing this! As sad as it is to hear about these horrible things happening to people, it's important to know. The least we can do is keep these people in our thoughts.


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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 30th 2009, 03:02 AM

Okay. I know I might get some seriously disapproving looks for saying this, but with due respect, it's my firm belief that we (collectively the US, Canada, etc) should keep our noses out of other countries' affairs. I agree that whatever is happening there is atrocious, but it is none of our business unless the country reaches out and asks for help. Is there an actual, formal "please help us America or other nations" from Uganda? If there is, please inform me, because I don't want to ramble on ignorantly.


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Re: Invisible Children: THE RESCUE. - April 30th 2009, 11:41 AM

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Okay. I know I might get some seriously disapproving looks for saying this, but with due respect, it's my firm belief that we (collectively the US, Canada, etc) should keep our noses out of other countries' affairs. I agree that whatever is happening there is atrocious, but it is none of our business unless the country reaches out and asks for help. Is there an actual, formal "please help us America or other nations" from Uganda? If there is, please inform me, because I don't want to ramble on ignorantly.
This is a .edu site I found about how the Prelate asked the UN for help.

This one is not such a refutable source, but:

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Kampala The Minister for Finance and Economic Development Syda Bumba has asked for donor intervention to help Uganda sail thought the global financial crisis.

This is the first public appeal by government to help the country out of the effects of the global economic down turn.

The Finance and economic development minister yesterday meet a group of donors from France at the ministry headquarters in Kampala.

Bumba says Uganda is under an economic crisis like other countries in the world and needs flexible aid to get out of the mess.
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Donor countries have a key role to
play in terms of both financial and
political support. The recently
released 2004 Humanitarian Appeal
for Uganda asks for $128 million to
address the most immediate humanitarian
needs. Donor support will be
absolutely essential to avoid a humanitarian
disaster. At the political level,
the international community can play
an important role in finding a resolution
to the conflict in the north. Given
its regional dimension and links to
the conflict in the Sudan, the anticipated
achievement of peace in the
Sudan might have a positive impact
on the Ugandan situation.

..is from the Brooking-SAIS project on Internal Displacement.

I think I can probably find some more, but I'm rushing a wee bit to get ready for school at the moment! :P



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