Invisible Children hosts film screening in the Kiva

Rex Santus

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Invisible Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about the ongoing conflict and use of child soldiers in northern Africa. The organization will host a viewing of its film “Tony” at 8 p.m. tonight in the Kiva.

“Invisible Children believes in storytelling,” said Kristin Mulcahy, president of Kent State Invisible Children. “You should be aware of what’s going on in the world — this is a 25-year-long war, and it’s crazy that children are being abducted to become child soldiers.”

“Tony” details the experiences of a young Ugandan, and how the Lord’s Resistance Army has affected his life.

The LRA, a rebel group originally from Uganda, is notorious for abducting and militarizing children, according to Invisible Children’s website.

After the film, Godfrey Opiyo, a man who has spent most of his life in northern Uganda, will speak. This is the first time Opiyo has been to the United States, Mulcahy said. Opiyo narrowly escaped abduction by the LRA and lost his cousins, brothers and father to the rebel group.

Mulcahy said the event will undoubtedly be powerful and urged people to get involved with the organization.

“I think Invisible Children is a great organization because they give you a way to step into the story,” Mulcahy said. “You can actually do something about this — they show you what’s going and, and they give you a way you can help.”

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