The student group Action for Africa is screening the documentary “Invisible Children.”
Invisible Children is an organization committed to bringing an end to atrocities Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army has committed in Eastern and Central Africa as it tried to take over Uganda from bases in Sudan.
If this sounds familiar, this effort has grown out of the public furor that followed the broad release last March of Invisible Children’s 2006 documentary “Rough Cut,” which first brought the LRA to the world’s attention.
Then came the Kony 2012 Youtube video, which has been viewed almost 93 million times on Youtube.
The video led to charges that Invisible Children had overstated the size of Kony’s army of children. But the CIA and other intelligence entities agree on these points:
- The LRA committed numerous abuses and atrocities, including the abduction, rape, maiming, and killing of civilians, including children.
- The LRA continues to kill, torture, maim, rape, and abduct large numbers of civilians, virtually enslaving numerous children.
- The LRA abducted large numbers of civilians for training as guerrillas. Most victims were children and young adults. The LRA abducted young girls as sex and labor slaves. Other children, mainly girls, were reported to have been sold, traded, or given as gifts by the LRA to arms dealers in Sudan. While some later escaped or were rescued, the whereabouts of many children remain unknown.
- In particular, the LRA abducted numerous children and, at clandestine bases, terrorized them into virtual slavery as guards, concubines, and soldiers. In addition to being beaten, raped, and forced to march until exhausted, abducted children were forced to participate in the killing of other children who had attempted to escape.
The situation grew serious enough that after the public outcry in the United States sparked by “Rough Cut,” the Obama Administration sent Special Forces detachments to Uganda in a so-far unsuccessful attempt to hunt down Kony.
The Manual screening will include a new Invisible Children film and a Ugandan speaker who will talk about growing up in fear of attack by the LRA.
The free event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at duPont Manual High School Auditorium.