While many great things are occurring across the globe, one country is being made famous for all the wrong reasons. “Kony 2012,” made by an organization called the Invisible Children, is a popular video that has recently gone viral.
The Invisible Children was founded to stop Joseph Kony, who is responsible for abducting roughly 30,000 Ugandan boys and girls and forcing them into the LRA, or Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel army whose purpose is to overthrow the current government.
The Invisible Children’s recent video has been seen all over Facebook, Twitter, and other popular websites among teens. The reason for the video is to raise awareness, and it did just that.
What most students don’t know is that this terror and havoc in Northern Uganda has been going on since 1986, and that in 2007, McNicholas took on a year of fundraising for the Invisible Children organization.
“We held an all-school assembly, and we showed the movie that was made by the same three men that were in the recently new viral video,” religion teacher Mrs. Donna Bambach said. “It was graphic, but I wanted them to be informed. I saw the kid’s faces, and I knew this was leaving a huge impression.”
After this assembly, the McNicholas community took action. Led by the Religion and English Departments, students made positive, creative books for the children who had escaped capture and were staying in orphanages and other safe places around Africa.
“That year I was brainstorming on ways to improve reading among students, and I stumbled upon Books for Hope, which was the fundraiser for the Invisible Children, and the kids just loved it. Students were illustrating their own pictures and binding their own books,” said SAIL and former English teacher Mrs. Val Combs. “I want us to maybe spark something up with this organization next year, and tie it into our book idea. We could literally continue the story.”
Senior Dillon Stanfield is one of the many students ready to make the community of McNicholas aware of global issues. “It’s not that I want just McNick’s Student Council or Service Club involved in this, but I want the entire school,” Stanfield said. “I want people to be as moved as I was after watching the video and hearing the story behind these children’s lives.”