by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH
July 19, 2006
On April 11, Cedarville University’s Epsilon Omega chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society, joined with Invisible Children to raise awareness about Ugandan child soldiers.
In Uganda, a rebel group called “the Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA) abducts Ugandan children and brainwashes them to serve as soldiers with the LRA. Ninety percent of LRA soldiers are children.
The CU students showed a documentary about the disturbing situation and had Invisible Children personnel on hand to answer questions. Attendees had the opportunity to make donations and purchase bracelets with the names of Ugandan children.
“We are hoping that people will feel compelled to do something about the information that was shared and make a difference in the lives of the people in Uganda that are affected by this war,” said Sarah VanWinkle ’06, president of Epsilon Omega.
The awareness efforts continued on April 29, when Cedarville students took part in the Global Night Commute. The Commute involved groups of concerned citizens around the nation who made a night march to their nearest major city and slept outside there. CU Assistant Professor of Social Work
Christine Fulmer said, “The Global Night Commute symbolized the walk thousands of children make to the city of Gulu to sleep under verandas or on the streets. If they stay in their villages in the bush, they risk abduction by the LRA. Therefore, they walk to the city center, sleep with thousands of other children, and walk back to their villages in the morning. During their walk and in the cities, they sometimes experience mistreatment as well, but it is a better alternative than being abducted.” The CU students spent the night sleeping on The Ohio State University campus and drew pictures expressing their concerns for Ugandan children. Learn more about the plight of Ugandan child soldiers