Invisible Children

Topics: Lord's Resistance Army, Uganda, Invisible Children Pages: 3 (1133 words) Published: November 28, 2007
In 2003, three college students from California created a documentary on the exploitation of children in Uganda as child soldiers. The war in which these innocent children's hands are forced into has been called, "the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today" (Invisible Children). For the past 21 years, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government have waged a war leaving nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The Ugandan government is not protecting their citizens from this rebel militia which is murdering mothers and either killing or abducting their children. The children who are kidnapped, generally males, are being brainwashed, corrupted, and trained to work as soldiers in a war in which they do not belong.

The picture of the young boy holding the gun is a representation of what life is like in Uganda. He epitomizes the age of the victims who are kidnapped. The rebel forces try to capture children between the ages of 8-14 because they are big enough to carry a gun but small enough to sneak into schools and steal more children. They are also at the age where they are the most moldable to their environment. These children are brainwashed, and taught an attitude of total disregard for any human life. They are taught to kill anyone who is in opposition to the rebel forces including fathers, mothers, and children. These kids are taken from their homes and schools and immediately desensitized through the indoctrination of other soldiers their age. Any child who opposes these forces is brutally killed in front of their peers to instill fear in them so they do not try to run away from the rebel militia. They would rather stay in the rebel ranks than suffer the fate of those who have opposed the rebels before.

These children's minds are so brainwashed they know nothing other than war and violence. A mother talked about how children who are abducted do not go to school and are force-fed irrational views. If...
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