Each year it amazes me how spoiled American children are. Their Christmas lists have so many toys on it that they don’t even remember everything they want. And even when they get everything on their list they find something new a week later that they “have to have.” Growing up I was no exception to this, and even as an adult I find that most adults follow the same tendencies only their “toys” are much more expensive (cars, computers, TVs, etc). We Americans are very rich in comparison to the rest of the world. If you need proof just look at the statistics from this year’s Black Friday weekend shopping.
A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation showed that 212 million shopper visited stores and websites over the holiday weekend – that’s an increase of over 17 million from last year. The average amount spent by a consumer was $365.34. (http://marketing.about.com/b/2010/11/30/black-friday-and-cyber-monday-statistics-for-2010-are-in.htm)
We have so much stuff, so much money, and yet we don’t share it. This month with our church, Summit Chapel, we are raising money to support an organization called Invisible Children. We watched a video about what this organization is trying to do.
For over 20 years a war in Northern Uganda, led by Joseph Kony, has left nearly two million innocent civilians either displaced, kidnapped, tortured, raped, or killed. Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, abducts children from their homes and forces them to become soldiers and murderers. Following is a short video that will help you understand what Invisible Children seeks to accomplish.
This video is a 55 min video (full version) about these children in Uganda and the founders of Invisible Children. If you have time to watch it please do so.
This Christmas season I can’t help but think about those children who have lost everything. I can’t help but think about those children who watched as the LRA killed their families right in front of them – who have had their childhoods ripped away from them.
American children live in an abundance of blessings and gifts during the holidays while these children only ask for one thing, survival. These Ugandan children are invisible because no one stands up for them; when they disappear no one knows they existed because their families have been wiped out. We need to be their voices – we need to stand up for them. Please visit invisiblechildren.com to learn more about this organization and their efforts.
- Invisible Children Need You (socyberty.com)
- How do you solve a problem like Joseph Kony? | Nick Young (guardian.co.uk)
- LRA rebels dwindling, Uganda says (cbc.ca)
- US reveals strategy to disarm central Africa rebels (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama plan to fight Africa rebels (bbc.co.uk)
- Hope for Uganda’s Child Soldiers? (time.com)