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By Matt Olson

Based in San Diego, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Invisible Children is an organization aimed to help the children of Uganda.

The war in Uganda has spanned some 25 years, and children are forced to fight the war. Invisible Children, Inc. helps spread awareness about this situation.

This is the inspiration for Elana Katz ‘14.

“I found out about Invisible Children from my brother after he had seen the first documentary, The Rough Cut, and ever since then their work has become a source of inspiration and a priority in my life,” she said.

Invisible Children’s mission is to implement educational programs and economic initiatives in areas of Central Africa, the area most affected by the war.

These are the areas of the continent in which the Lord Resistance Army have enforced their rule.

Over 1.8 million citizens of the countries of this area has been displaced due to the conflict.

“Invisible Children uses film, creativity, and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore peace and prosperity to Lord Resistance Army affected communities in central Africa,”explained Katz.

Children in Uganda are forced to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Nearly 30,000 children have been abducted since the war began in 1986.

Invisible Children dedicates themselves to spreading the message about the war in Uganda. They send American and Ugandan representatives to college campuses across the country, like Union, to speak about the conflict and what students can do to get more involved.

These representatives, travelling around the country, bring with them their latest documentaries and developments, looking to spread the message to the American public to “do more than just watch.”

“Invisible Children is committed to seeking sustainable solutions to foster an environment that encourages peace with the help of America’s youth, especially us as college students,” Katz said. “We have the power to evoke change, and with Invisible Children committed to pursuing it, there’s no reason to not ‘jump first, think later.’”

On April 3, representatives from Invisible Children will be on Union’s campus, showing screenings of their newest documentary, Kony 2012. The screening will take place in Reamer Auditorium at 7 p.m.

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