7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2
Invisible Children team brings
latest KONY viral video
to Manchester College
A team from Invisible Children, which produced the viral video KONY 2012 about massacres in Central Africa, is coming to Manchester College for a Wednesday, May 2 program. The free screening of the latest video about the brutal African warlord Joseph Kony begins at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.
"The whole point of KONY 2012 is to make Joseph Kony infamous," says Trinity Schelich, a first-year psychology major from Indianapolis who led the effort to bring Invisible Children to Manchester. "He is the self-appointed commander-in-chief of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) that is committing all of these atrocities in Central Africa. This war has been going on for 26 years and barely anyone has known about it, even though the LRA is massacring people, mutilating them."
In 2005, the International Criminal Court indicted Kony for war crimes and crimes against humanity but he has evaded capture.
A team from Invisible Children, including a Ugandan affected by the war, will make the Manchester presentation. Invisible Children merchandise will be available; all proceeds go toward education programs in Uganda. Learn more about Invisible Children at www.invisiblechildren.com.
Schelich connected with Invisible Children in her freshman year at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis and traveled to a San Diego conference hosted by the organization. She came to Manchester knowing she wanted to bring the group to campus. "Invisible Children pulls on the humanitarian effort," Schelich said. "It's not just us in America that are affected by it, but the entire world population. We should be doing something to combat that."
Heather Schilling, associate professor of education, has been showing the video in her classes. Schelich collaborated with Schilling and the Manchester Peace Studies Institute to bring Invisible Children to campus.