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ACU students, faculty and community to host three-day ‘Invisible Children’ documentary discussion

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February 9, 2006

Representatives for "Invisible Children" will be in Abilene Feb. 12-15 to share the film and discuss the violent kidnappings of young children by guerilla armies in Uganda.  "Invisible Children" is an activist organization documentary filmed by young American travelers.

The film was originally intended to capture an American trio's friendly trip to Africa.  Instead, they discovered children being kidnapped and forced to fight for a rebel army called Lord's Resistance Army.  These children, some as young as 8-years-old either escape and live in pverty and fear, or they are trained to be vicious fighters.

"The film is a very accurate portrayal of the existing roblems in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan," said Dan McVey, professor of missions and coordinator of African missions.  McVey was a missionary in Northern Africa for 22 years, mostly in Ghana, but he witnessed many similar acts in his travels to Uganda.

Students and faculty from both Abilene Christian University and Hardin-Simmons University and several members of the community are coordinating the group's Abilene visit.  

Volunteers who represent the organization are traveling across the country in motor homes, sharing the film and information with students, community members and university faculty.  Their goal is to spread the word of the unfortunate acts in Uganda and share the documentary with people nationwide.

The three-day event in Abilene will feature several activites:

  • Sunday, Feb, 12, the Invisible Children visitors and anyone interested will meet at Highland Church of Christ at 6 p.m. for a screening of the film and discussion.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, the film will be shown in an assembly at HSU
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, "Invisible Children" will be presented in ACU's Chapel assembly and an evening forum at 7 p.m. that will include a screeing of the film and discussion.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, an art show composed of 15 pieces inspired by the events in Uganda will be unveiled.  Details are pending.

For more information about the organization, visit www.invisiblechildren.com.

 

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