Invisible Children, started out as a documentary created in 2003, by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole. The filmmakers had travelled to Africa with the intention of documenting the genocide that was occurring in Darfur. However, they ended up stumbling upon a little-known war that had originated in northern Uganda in 1987, causing the film to take a different direction.
Invisible Children tells the story of children being abducted and turned into child soldiers by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Out of fear of being abducted, the children of Uganda walk miles every night to places of refuge in order to avoid the LRA. The documentary, gave a voice to these invisible children, and sparked a grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of American teens into action to raise money to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda and provide scholarships to African youth.
In 2005, a non-profit organization, Invisible Children Inc, was created, giving individuals a way to respond to the situation in Uganda.
I first heard about Invisible Children in 2006, while studying Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives at Wilfrid Laurier University. I was deeply moved by the stories portrayed in the documentary, and ever since have been a supporter of Invisible Children and attended a number of their events.
Their latest campaign is KONY 2012. The aim – “to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”
So please take 30mins to watch this film, share with friends, and get involved.