Wrapping up Blogathon 2007, I've compiled all the facts, video clips, etc. that I posted throughout the 24 hours about Invisible Children.
Take your time, please, and look over them? Not because I hunted them down and spent time copy/pasting links.
But because I want to share the information. <3. The stories. <3. The truth. <3.
//The Global Night Commute in San Diego, California, was held in Balboa Park after it was relocated from Horton Plaza due to limited space considering the number of people expected to attend. The event was well attended, with over 6,000 people spending the night, the most out of all the host cities.
//Schools for Schools an activity ran by IC pairing Western schools with schools in Uganda
*This is billed as the first real-time humanitarian project in history.
*There is currently $1,207,376 in the system.
*There are currently 580 Schools participating.
*There are currently 13,099 Students participating.
*The next program will start in September of '07.
//100 Percent video clip!
//Invisible Children's Mission Statement (As quoted from Invisiblechildren.com)
Invisible Children improves the quality of life for war-affected children by providing access to quality education, enhanced learning environments, and innovative economic opportunities for the community.
//"Each night, children between the ages of 3 and 17, referred to as Night Commuters or Night Dwellers walk up to 12 miles from IDP camps to larger towns, especially Gulu, in search of safety."
//Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas, Veronica Mars) is the brother-in-law of Jason Russell, one of the three college students who did the original documentary, Invisible Children: The Rough Cut. Both he and his wife Amy are actively involved in the movement now.
//Peter Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Melissa Fitzgerald (The West Wing) both supported Invisible Children during the "Displace Me" weekends.
//A video featuring Peter Wentz spreading the support can be found here!
//21 years. For the people of Northern Uganda, it's how long the Lord's Resistance Army has had power over their area. That the LRA has invaded and abducted their children, both boys and girls. For them to be soldiers. For them to be sex slaves. To attack and kill friends and family. To carry things that a youth body shouldn't have to carry
//War violence experienced by abductees
Witnessed a killing - 78%
Tied or locked up - 68%
Received a severe beating - 63%
Forced to steal or destroy property - 58%
Forced to abuse dead bodies - 23%
Forced to attack a stranger - 22%
Forced to kill a stranger - 20%
Forced to kill an opposing soldier in battle - 15%
Forced to attack a family member or friend - 14%
Forced to kill a family member or friend - 8%
//Veronica Mars Public Service Announcement on Invisible Children!
//Veronica Mars featured an Invisible Children themed episode, "I Know What You'll Do Next Summer". For spoilers sake, I won't post a summary. If you'd like a summary, comment.
-statistics via Wikipedia