I can’t believe that four years ago I sat in my International Studies class at Georgia Southern University, taught by Dr. Darin Van Tassell, an amazing class by the way, and watched one of the saddest documentaries I’ve ever seen in my life. The filmed, titled, Invisible Children was shot 10 years ago by Jason Russell who made a promise to a young boy who was a victim of child abduction in Uganda named Jacob and now we all have a chance to fulfill that promise… to Stop the violence!
Initially I had mixed feelings when I saw all of the hype about KONY2012. I assumed it was more media-driven hooplah and I was a little perturbed by it because I began thinking about how we continuously publicize the troubles in other countries but rarely our own and the number of people in the U.S. that are suffering. After literally stumbling across the video I decided to stop being stubborn and watch it and when I did I was amazed to discover that it was the heart-wrenching video I’d watched during my last year of college.
Words can not explain the sadness that comes over my heart when hateful crimes are committed to children but the disheartening issue with the situation in Uganda and other places outside of the U.S. is that it is merely accepted because they do not have the means nor resources to make any changes. Children are being kidnapped, raped, and killed, used for sex slaves, and trained to become killers, and even being forced to kill their own families. Just like Jason Russell stated in the documentary, “If something like what is taking place in Uganda happened in the U.S. it would have made national news the next day,” so we have a responsibility as humans, to one another, to fight for each other and to lend a helping hand!
Luke 17:2 says “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”
It is our responsibility to make the “Invisible Children” seen! Take part and do whatever you can whether that is by viewing the video or sharing this information, because if we can make Kim Kardashian and Charlie Sheen famous for the meaningless acts that they’ve committed we can make these children famous so that they can be saved!