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News Release
 
03/07/12

Peru State Rotaract Club to host reps from Invisible Children, Inc. March 15

Discussion on the war ravaging Northern Uganda, humanitarian crisis

 

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) newly established Rotaract Club will host representatives from the organization Invisible Children, Inc. at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the College Theatre. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Five representatives from the Invisible Children organization, including a survivor of the war, will be on campus to discuss their experience in Uganda and present a short film titled Kony 2012. Their presentation focuses on bringing to light the war crimes of Uganda’s guerrilla group leader and head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony, a man charged with creating one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

Rotaract Member Brooke Earnest, a sophomore criminal justice major from Bellevue, said, “I have worked with Invisible Children since 2009 and it has been a life changing experience. The fact that one man has had the power to take innocent lives for so long...it’s devastating and it has to be stopped. It’s rewarding to see our generation get involved with this project and to be part of working toward a positive future for people half a world away.”

Kony’s violent campaign to establish a theocratic government has led to the abduction of more than 30,000 children who have been forced to fight for the LRA and the displacement of more than 2 million people since the rebellion began in 1986. Kony’s brutal tactics involve forcing children to kill their parents or siblings with machetes or blunt tools, abducting girls to be sex slaves for his officers and indoctrinating child soldiers. Kony was indicted in 2005 for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at The Hague but has successfully evaded capture.

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Invisible Children is a non-profit organization established in 2006 that focuses on protecting those most vulnerable to LRA violence, rehabilitating former child soldiers, rebuilding war-torn schools, mentoring, educating future leaders and creating financial stability in Central Africa. The organization maintains offices in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo that are primarily managed and operated by staff from LRA-affected communities.  

For more information visit www.invisiblechildren.com or contact Earnest at brearnest@acornmail.peru.edu.

Rotaract is a Rotary International sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Clubs are either community or college based and sponsored by a local Rotary club. Rotaract is one of Rotary International’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in 170 countries and geographical areas.

PSC First Lady Elaine Hanson, Assistant District Governor for Rotary 5650, said, “The Peru State Rotaract Club is an inspiring example of the impact this generation is having on our society. Our students are passionate about generating interest in serious issues and becoming advocates for worthwhile causes like Invisible Children. I am proud of their efforts to help draw attention to a cause that has gone largely unnoticed. I want to thank Brooke Earnest for orchestrating Invisible Children’s visit to Peru State and southeast Nebraska and for sharing her wealth of knowledge and passion for their cause.