Film Screening, Concert Raise Awareness of Conditions in Uganda

Film Screening, Concert Raise Awareness of Conditions in Uganda
Invisible Children will be screened April 3 and will be followed by a concert in the Bronco Student Center.

Rock bands Thalon, Tygers of Wrath, and Zion Awaits will perform at Cal Poly Pomona on April 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center to benefit children in Uganda.

The concert will follow a screening of the movie Invisible Children, a documentary that chronicles events in Uganda and has since launched the Invisible Children organization. The event is free for Cal Poly Pomona students and $2 for the general public. All proceeds will go to Invisible Children.

Invisible Children is an organization that helps schools raise money and awareness for children in Northern Uganda who have sub-par learning environments.

Approximately 737 schools (60% of the country's educational facilities) are closed because of a violent 20-year conflict. The schools that are up and running are overcrowded. Classroom sizes are about 300 children to every teacher.

“It is unbelievable what people in Uganda have to endure. Imagine what it would feel like to never know what peace is,” says Brad Penna, Bronco Events & Activities Team's assistant service-learning chair, and first year zoology student.  ”Twenty-year-olds and younger have never lived free of fear. Can you imagine what that must be like?”   

Two decades of fighting between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan government have created a way of life for a generation of Ugandans who know many things – hunger, pain and fear – but education is not one of them. Since 1987 children have been in danger of being abducted and forced to fight in the LRA. According to Invisible Children, more than 12,000 children have been abducted since 2002.

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