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It's everyones right to live

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 11:28 AM

For the past few years, I've supported and done several projects on the organization Invisible Children. An organization started by three young men who traveled to Uganda and were amazed at what they found. It is an organization, which is trying to bring an end to the world's longest running war run by Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army.

This past week the group launched its latest video, KONY 2012. A video, which brings to light the seriousness of the war and hopes to inspire those around the world to stand up and help.

It is no secret that Kony is one of the world's worst war criminals. The war, which has little effect on the United States, is not as publicized as it should be.

I've many of times told my parents that I had hoped to one day go over to Northern Uganda. That is one thing they would like to see never happen.

The war, which Kony continues to carry on, has resulted in more than 30,000 of children being taken from their homes in the middle of the night. These children were then forced to kill. They are forced to kill their families, rape, and mutilate people.

At the peak of the conflict, thousands were forced to "night commute". People would walk miles from their homes to the city centers in hopes of finding a safe place to sleep and to avoid being abducted. Thousands slept on top of each other in small and not always dry spaces.

For a long time the United States government did little to help the situation. Their stance was, we can't do anything because it does not directly affect us. After years of fighting and continuing to put pressure on the government, they finally sent a measly 100 troops, but at least it's something.

Kony and the LRA have finally left Uganda, but they just moved into neighboring countries.

The newest film brings to light, the action that needs to be taken now. Troops can be pulled at any time.

Three men were able to create a global movement. They brought to light something so serious that nobody really knew about. As the film states, 'if that happened one night in America, it'd be on the cover of Newsweek.' Yet with the longest running war is going on many do not know about it and the global super power we are, we are doing little to stop it.

On April 20, my birthday, they are having their next big push. I've participated in several the past few years. It is my hope that the word continues to spread and the KONY 2012 campaign will be successful. It is this year we all hope that Kony will be captured.

Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/Y4MnpzG5Sqc?hd=1



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