Invisible Children 10/22


Film screening and discussion of Ugandan Child Soldiers with a team from Invisible Children. Monday Oct 22nd, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Taylor Auditorium (Marsh 216)


INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Film Screening and Discussion of Ugandan Child Soldiers

With a Team from “Invisible Children”


Date: Monday, Oct, 22
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Place: Taylor Auditorium (Rm 216), Pacific University, Forest Grove (map: www.pacificu.edu)

Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity presents a documentary about “Africa’s longest-running armed conflict” and the kidnapping of children to be trained as soldiers to fuel this war.  “Move,” the most recent documentary on this subject by “Invisible Children,” focuses on the conflicts perpetuated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, DR Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. There will be three representatives from “Invisible Children” to talk about the issue and answer questions, including an Ugandan woman who lived through the experience as a child.

In 1986, Yoweri Museveni gained the presidency of Uganda. Alice Lakwena, a woman from the Acholi tribe in northern Uganda started the Holy Spirit Movement (HSM) in opposition. The group recruited followers and forged alliances with rebel militias with the intent of entering Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, and freeing the north from government oppression. The Holy Spirit Movement had regional support, but regional support only. When Alice Lakwena was exiled, there was no obvious person to take over leadership of the Holy Spirit Movement.

Joseph Kony claimed to be a distant cousin of Alice Lakwena’s and the natural successor to lead the Holy Spirit Movement. Soon after Joseph Kony assumed management of the group, he changed the name to the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Joseph Kony wasn’t able to maintain the group’s numbers or regional support, so he started stealing food and abducting children to fill the ranks of his army. Subsequently, he lost any remaining regional support. What had started out as a rebel movement to end the oppression of the north became an oppression of the north in itself.  Joseph Kony’s tactics were—and remain—brutal.
At the height of the conflict in Uganda, children “night commuted.” That is, every evening they walked miles from their homes to the city centers. There, hundreds of children slept in schoolhouses, churches, or bus depots to avoid abduction by the LRA.

Refreshments Served

Free and Open to the Public

For Info:  Lung5166@pacificu.edu


Posted by Elizabeth Hopkins (hopkins@pacificu.edu) on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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