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18 March 2009, 11:13 PM
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.
You can learn more about it's history here:
Taken from wikipedia:
Invisible Children: The Rough Cut is a film about the plight of child
soldiers and night commuters in northern Uganda. The documentary was filmed in 2003 when
three young men from Southern California—Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole
(then 24, 21, and 20)—traveled to Sudan "to find a story".
Instead, their adventure took them into the depths of northern Uganda where they
discovered thousands of people affected by the brutality and attacks of a rebel group
known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The documentary chronicles their
experience as young Americans learning firsthand about a conflict largely unknown to the
international community, while also informing audiences about the great humanitarian
crisis of child soldiers.
The film was screened for the first time on June 22, 2004 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute
for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego to friends and family of
the filmmakers. Soon after, students across the United States were passing along DVDs of
the documentary and wanted to know how to help the children in northern Uganda.
Out of the overwhelming public response, the filmmakers co-founded the nonprofit Invisible
Children Inc. – an awareness and development organization.
Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole remain instrumental in the success and
creativity of the nonprofit and are currently working on the feature film, tentatively
scheduled to release in theaters in 2009.
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