Friday, April 21, 2006
All right, this doesn't have to do with my research or even with India. But we've got almost 31,000 people (at last count) across the country who are trying to raise public awareness of what's going on in Uganda. Our thought is, isn't there some way to stop war crimes and genocide from our side of the pond? It seems like government involvement (i.e., pressure) has been the only effective tool, but in the case of Uganda and the kids being kidnapped and killed there, practically no one here knows. So our national representatives have no reason to even think about the issue.
Well, we're forcing the issue. Go to invisiblechildren.com to find out about the Global Night Commute (GNC). Each night kids in Uganda walk for hours to find a place to sleep in the hopes of avoiding being kidnapped by the rebel army there, taken into the bush, and turned into hard, mindless, heartless soldiers. Kids are disappearing from Ugandan towns. Many are killed by the rebels in front of the others to harden them into warriors. And nobody here knows.
We're taking this lying down. On April 29 we're doing our own night commute. In the country's major population centers we're all walking to a local central spot in the name of these kids and sleeping. The media have been invited, and our hope is that we'll raise awareness and interest in what's turned into a nightmare in Uganda. Then, with more of the media and the public aware, maybe we can get something to happen on the ground over there. Again, please go to invisiblechildren.com and click Global Night Commute on the bottom to sign up in your town. If you're not in a place where it's happening (like Sydney, Australia or London, England, for example) then maybe you can start it up there. You'll find me signed up in Provo, Utah.