‘Invisible Children’ documents forced child enlistment in northern Uganda


The documentary Invisible Children puts a face on Ugandan conflict. Photo Courtesy of Amazon.com

The Peace and Justice Studies Department will be hosting a showing of the documentary Invisible Children on Monday, Nov. 15.

The film, which was created by three students from Southern California, is centered on the abduction and forced enlistment of child soldiers by rebel armies in northern Uganda. Over the past 20 years, religious military group the Lord’s Resistance Army has kidnapped over 30,000 children and forced them to become child soldiers against the Ugandan government.

To avoid enlistment, many children would walk miles nightly into Ugandan city centers to avoid these troops. The film tells the story of those children.

This powerful film has excited a considerable movement within students who are determined to use the power of media as a tool to bring to light these tragedies and promote justice in Uganda. Following the film, there will be a discussion with a former child soldier speaking of his experiences in the killing fields.

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