MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2010) – Student advocates for Invisible Children Inc., a non-profit organization that documents the raging war in northern Uganda, will visit Milligan College to share their gripping stories and to host a screening of “Face to Face: Stories of War” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.
The mid-Atlantic team will share stories and answer questions later that evening at 8 p.m. in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Invisible Children organization began with a documentary made by three young filmmakers traveling to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a film-making adventure transformed into much more when they discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them, a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims.
After returning to the U.S., they created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Ugandan night commuters and child soldiers.
The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people. Over the last four years, the organization has held presentations at more than 7,000 institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and all over Eastern Europe. The organization’s mission is to educate individuals in the Western world and encourage them to participate in this movement for change.
The mid-Atlantic team consists of six members, four from the United States and two from Uganda. One of these Ugandans, Obalim Grace, was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, the group responsible for turning the abducted into child soldiers, at the age of 10. She was raped and abused, as are most female captives, until she was finally able to escape her captors at the age of 16. Soon after that, she learned she was pregnant. Grace will share her powerful story with the Milligan community as well as ways for individuals to contribute their time, talents and money to the Invisible Children cause.
Lalam Marylyn, native Ugandan and Legacy Scholarship Project mentor, also joins the mid-Atlantic team in its visit to Milligan. Legacy Project team members believe that education from within the Ugandan population is the key to lasting peace. Local mentors, like Marylyn, invest in the lives of the country’s most promising future leaders. The seeds of education bear the fruit of increased tolerance, reconciliation and the ability to tackle the many challenges left by more than two decades of war.
The mid-Atlantic team will have merchandise available for purchase at both events. All proceeds are divided among Invisible Children projects in order to further the team’s relief and education efforts.
For more information contact Milton Carter, Milligan director of degree completion programs and assistant professor of the practice of geography, at 423.461.8662, or visitwww.invisiblechildren.com.