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Invisible Children Controversy

OK – after I sent out that last post, I got a lot of questions about whether I have changed my past views on Invisible Children since I chose to promote their video. I should have been more clear. While … Continue reading

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Kony 2012

Invisible Children has come up with another powerful campaign, Kony 2012, and another powerful video that you can view here: While I am bracing myself for an onslaught of media making it sound like the war is still happening in … Continue reading

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I Hope There's More to Obama's Plan for LRA

The Obama administration just released their plan for how to finally eliminate the Lords Resistance Army from central Africa.  Drumroll please… 1.  Protect civilians 2.  Take out Joseph Kony and his commanders 3.  Promote defection or disarmament of rebels 4.  … Continue reading

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Northern Uganda on PBS News Hour

Here is a video created by two filmmaker friends of mine, Vicky Collins and Paul Hillman, about the World Vision center in Gulu that is rehabilitating ex-child-soldiers. It recently aired on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. They interviewed a few of the young people who escaped from the LRA during battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year, and you get to hear directly from them about some of the challenges of trying to re-enter their old lives after years living as soldiers in the bush.

I think you will agree that the highlight of the piece is my cameo appearance driving my white SUV into the World Vision compound. Continue reading

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Yes, Northern Uganda IS Safe AND Amazing

Northern Uganda is no longer a place of war – it is a place of potential. Sure, it still has its challenges, but one of the things it needs most is to be more integrated with the rest of Uganda. What that will take is more people traveling there and seeing it as a living, vibrant part of the country rather than a mythical land of warfare and abductions. Continue reading

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What's the Deal with Invisible Children?

Why is it that every time there is a news article reporting that the Lord’s Resistance Army is still active in Uganda, it is talking about an Invisible Children event? Continue reading

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What if it was my son?

Hearing their stories was heartbreaking. I have heard and read many similar stories, but it was different hearing it directly from the boys who were involved. Seeing their scars made it all the more real. One young man, who had been in captivity for almost 15 years, showed where he had been shot through the back when he was 9 years old. The scar on his belly from the exit wound was massive. Nine years old.

One thought has been running through my head ever since. What if it was my son? Continue reading

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