International Justice Mission sponsor Invisible Children event

By Maegan Rocio

Staff Writer

 

Baylor’s Chapter of the International Justice Mission and the Baylor University Wells Project will sponsor an event that will bring famed international organization Invisible Children to campus.

 

Invisible Children is a human rights organization dedicated to ending violence committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan guerilla group led by Joseph Kony that enlists child soldiers by force. The group will come as a part of their national tour, an effort to raise awareness about the citizens of Uganda and how many have been abducted, killed and displaced civilians in East and central Africa since 1987. International Justice Mission is an organization dedicated to securing human rights for victims of oppression.

 

The event, which will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Oct. 30 on the 5th floor of the Cashion Academic Center, will include the local premiere of the organization’s documentary.

 

Harlan, Iowa sophomore Ellen Klitgaard, publicity chair of the Baylor International Justice Mission, said the organization is showing its documentary to help event-goers learn more about the KONY 2012 campaign and the most current updates about the Lord’s Resistance Army.

 

“They will be showing their documentary “MOVE”, a behind-the-scenes look at the organization and the KONY 2012 movement they created,” she said.

 

The organization came back into the spotlight earlier this year when it launched its 30 minute KONY 2012 campaign on March 5 via a YouTube video. The video has since been seen by 92 million viewers, and the campaign prompted a vast response on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

 

Klitgaard said the organization is coming to Baylor to promote discussion and answer questions about its KONY 2012 movement and its cause.

 

“The purpose is to primarily show their new film and to spark discussion and facilitate discussion around campus about the KONY 2012 campaign and Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Africa,” she said. “Reporters and critics are invited to attend and facilitate any discussion about what Invisible Children does.”

 

The event is free and open to the public. Free hot chocolate will also be served.