2006-05-18 / Letters to the Editor

The 'Invisible Children'

Imagine if your children had to walk to Providence every evening to ensure they'd see tomorrow. This is the reality in northern Uganda, where 30,000 children flee their homes on a nightly basis in order to avoid attacks and abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army. "Night commuting" is symptomatic of broader issues relating to the protection of civilians and illustrates how these can impact family and community life in northern Uganda. After two decades of conflict, children continue to suffer disproportionately. More than 25,000 children have been abducted by the LRA, for use as soldiers, sex slaves, and porters.

It is concern about issues such as this that have brought together a small group of Jamestowers. We hope that as a community we can create a positive movement in an effort to counter the injustice and suffering in the world. We plan to offer projects that raise awareness and lend a hand, and we'd like to invite the community to get involved.

Our first project is a movie screening and information session about the conflict in northern Uganda. On May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown library, we will be showing "Invisible Children," a documentary about the experiences of child soldiers and the "night commuters" mentioned above. Please come along, but be advised, this film is not recommended for children under 12.

For more information about the situation in Uganda and the documentary check out www.amnesty.org and www.invisiblechildren.com. Thank you,

Hannah Davis, Libby Gladding, Melissa Minto,

Kate Moreau, Leah Murphy, Pauline Voss, and Ally Yeomans.

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