Washington DC - April 28, 2007
(Following is a press release from InvisibleChildren.com)THOUSANDS OF YOUTH UNITE IN WASHINGTON, DC TO END THE LONGEST-RUNNING WAR IN AFRICA‘Invisible Children’ Leads the Growing Grassroots Movement and Transforms Apathy into Activism
On Saturday, April 28th, the nonprofit Invisible Children organized tens of thousands of young people across the nation for an event called “Displace Me.” Participants gathered overnight in 15 central locations throughout the United States to demand U.S. support of the peace talks in Northern Uganda. Throughout the night, there were video testimonies by those impacted by the war to educate and personalize a tragedy largely unknown to the international community. Participants created their own houses out of cardboard and voluntarily rationed food to simulate some of the effects of displacement.
Ten years ago, thousands of Ugandans were forcibly evicted from their homes and transported to overcrowded camps due to the horrific war in the North against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Initially created as a temporary solution, these displacement camps now house more than 1.5 million men, women and children. More than a thousand are dying every week due to the harsh and inhumane living conditions. Northern Uganda now has a generation of youth that has never known peace.
Invisible Children Inc. was founded in 2005 after three young filmmakers created a documentary called “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” which has now been seen by more than 2 million people. Last year, Invisible Children hosted a similar event, the “Global Night Commute,” to bring awareness to the child soldiers of Uganda; more than 80,000 slept outside to end the war. “Displace Me” is cosponsored with “ENOUGH Project” (http://www.enoughproject.org
) and “Resolve Uganda”
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