Published: Feb 26, 2010
Joshua Omoding-Okol ’10 has seen the Invisible Children.
Uganda, he knows the Invisible Children are recruited to fight as
soldiers in the 23-year battle in Northern Uganda. He knows those
children are kidnapped and stolen from their families.
March 2 at 6 p.m. to Martinez Sports Complex are two from the Invisible
Children generation, now grown and sharing their stories with the world
with the help of a nonprofit organization of the same name, Invisible
Christine Merry ’11 attended a presentation by the
nonprofit organization while in high school. Through the use of film and
social action, Invisible Children works to end the use of these child
“There is no way I could see the presentation and not
do something about it,” said Merry, UT’s PEACE volunteer coordinator,
who is helping coordinate the March 2 event.
“I’ve always had a
passion for Africa because the children aren’t given as many
opportunities as the people here are,” said Merry who is majoring in
finance and management.
Okol, a resident assistant in Straz
Hall, said while living in Uganda he would be shocked each year with
what new atrocity the rebel army would come up with to haunt the
children. Like the fires rebels set fire to school dormitories, full
with sleeping children. Okol’s own school held a donation drive in 2003
to collect clothes for families of those affected.
sad,” said Okol, who is from the eastern border of the country more
removed from the violence. None the less, he said the affects of the war
were ever present.
The double major senior, international
business and management information systems, said he has seen the child
soldiers who escape wandering the streets of Uganda looking lost,
“It’s atrocious,” Okol said.
But why should students at the University of Tampa, a continent away, be concerned about the plight of Northern Ugandans?
of human compassion,” Okol said. “It affects children of our age range.
They are the ones being kidnapped and turned into child soldiers. It’s
something we can identify with. We can understand that this robs them of
For more information on Invisible Children, visit www.invisiblechildren.com
.Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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