A special event took place on November 8. The class gathered in Burruss Hall for another movie night, but with a twist! We watched Tony, a documentary from a group called Invisible Children. Invisible Children’s goal is to, in short, get rid of a guy named Joseph Kony. Kony leads a terrorist group called the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. The LRA frequently abducts children to fight, with the goal of overthrowing the current Ugandan government. This has caused war in Uganda, and Invisible Children is trying to end that war. Tony provided an overview on the story of Invisible Children and its efforts to as it followed Tony, a child who was affected by the war in Uganda, and his experiences in Uganda as well as his journey in America as he continues to advocate for the organization.
After the movie, there was a question and answer session with one of the co-founders of Invisible Children, Jason Russell, and a Ugandan woman who is a mentor for 25 girls through the program, Stella Mistica. They really showed that the program is impacting the lives of the Ugandan people, be it through radios which alert communities of raids, education to empower the children, or rehabilitation of former LRA abductees into the communities through jobs. VT students broke records for donations to Invisible Children that night as well!
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