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Event to shed light on ‘invisible children,’ rebel war in Africa

February 20, 2012

UW-Stout will bring attention to a long-running conflict in Africa via a film screening and discussion. The documentary “Kony 2012” will be shown from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in room 290 of Micheels Hall.

The film chronicles attempts to apprehend Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army and the religious war it has waged for 26 years against Uganda and surrounding areas. The LRA has been accused of many atrocities, including forcing children to serve as soldiers and killing thousands of people.

After the film, a discussion will be led by Oyella Jane, who grew up in northern Uganda. She is representing Invisible Children, a social action group that has led efforts to end the war.

“Kony 2012” is a sequel to the 2005 documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” that brought worldwide attention to the LRA. In 2010, President Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act to help bring Kony to justice.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Social Science Society, Applied Science Department, Ally Initiatives and Black Student Union. To learn more go to http://www.invisiblechildren.com.

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