Tonight watched a documentary called Invisible children. It starts kinda silly with these kids from these what looks like rich families going to be the big heroes in helping in Sudan. Well naturally what they found in Sudan was that the genocide was largely completed, the people were gone and there was nothing there for them to be heroic about. So they went to Northern Uganda where many people fleed to. Thats where they found their story.
A man named Joseph Kony believes that he is led by God to over throw the Ugandan government, and since as early as 97 and possibly earlier (17 years the documentary says this is going on), this man and his Lord’s Resistance Army has been abducting children to be soldiers in his army.
He abducts them from their homes or wherever at night and very soon after they are with him, they are forced into a brutal training to become soldiers who are innured to violence, killing their fellow youth, and through fear and violence he trains them to be very effective killers. They range from 8 to 13 years old. The girls are forced into sex slavery.
Please don’t turn your eyes from this as “another piece of bad news”. I have heard that estimates that 50,000 children have been abducted following the genocide of 5 million south Sudanese.
Here is some more info online about this.
The children have to walk at night to places where they can sleep and are safe and will not be abducted. The sleep in shelters, hospitals, bus stations or wherever they can be safe.
The documentary I watched is full of info..it starts off quirky, but goes somewhere else quickly enough. It’s called Invisible Children.
This piece include artwork that is horrific, drawn by the children who apparently escaped. It depicts violence that is just unimaginable. These kids are killing each other, as trained, in brutal unbelievable ways.
“The war has displaced up to 1.6 million people, more than 80 percent of the population of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader districts.
They live in camps with too little food and bad sanitation. Attacks against them continue, even though the government promised northerners it would protect them there.”
It goes into the complex details of the political situation, why nothing has changed…and the victims are the babies.