Sep 22, 2010

CNU STAND presents "Invisible Children” Face-to-Face Stories of War

(Newport News, Va.) - Meet Grace, a student from northern Uganda and one of the “Invisible Children.”  Grace and her fellow students in the Legacy Scholarship Program have overcome all odds.  They are night commuters, child-mothers, displaced persons and orphans by war.  They refuse to be defined by their past and are pushing forward to define their futures.  Hear about how we can establish peace, justice and hope for the people of northern Uganda and learn about the many ways to help.  Face-to Face Stories of War will be held at the David Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29.  No reservation is required.

“Invisible Children” is a non-profit organization started in 2003 by three young filmmakers who went to Africa “in search of a story.”  What began as a filmmaking adventure for three boys from California became much more when they discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them; a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims.  After returning to the U.S., they created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” a film that exposed the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.  The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people.  The overwhelming response has been, “How can I help?” To answer this question, the non-profit Invisible Children, Inc. was created, giving compassionate individuals an effective way to respond to the situation.

Eleven of Uganda’s top students were selected to come to the U.S. to present the “Face to Face Tour.”  The students tour to advocate for their peers and to share how “Invisible Children” programs are helping to rebuild education in a region recovering from more than 20 years of war.

STAND is the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network with the goal to raise awareness for genocide and gross human rights violations worldwide.  STAND's mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop major atrocities. The CNU chapter of STAND was founded in 2007.

Fundraising activities will benefit the Invisible Children organization’s efforts to raise awareness for Ugandan’s children and help them overcome their issues.

For more information about this event, contact Bree Dumas, baricia.dumas.09@cnu.edu or Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, tina.reuter@cnu.edu or (757) 594-7821.

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A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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