Invisible Children is a grass-roots organization that is working to end the longest running war on the continent of Africa (history of the war). The effects of this war have been felt most pointedly by the peoples of Uganda where Invisible Children has worked extensively. The war has now left Uganda and spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Invisible Children has widened their network of action along with this transition by devloping a Protection Plan.
The event involved the documentary, a short film about the Early Warning Radio Network, and a brief talk from Grace, a Ugandan college student who grew up in this war. Being able to see the footage of the war torn area, as well as hear Grace’s personal experience was an unparalleled experience.
In addition to the awareness about Central Africa, the event demonstrated the potential for young people in social movements. From the ground up, Invisible Children is a social movement centered around young people. At our own screening, I witnessed the most passionate and action focused responses from high school students. It was truly inspiring.
-Elizabeth Fairbairn, St. Joseph Worker and Justice Office Intern