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Group asks community to rally

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Northview High School freshman Gabby Christie addresses Youth for the Community Committee members during the special session meeting. Christie urged the organization's members to get involved in the Kony 2012 project, meant to raise awareness and stop human slavery happening in Africa. [Order this photo]
A service-oriented group at Northview High School (NHS) is asking Clay County community members to rally in support and get involved in the Kony 2012 project called "Cover the Night."

During a special session meeting Monday afternoon, NHS freshman Gabrielle Christie is partnered with the Youth for the Community Committee to raise awareness in hopes of stopping "brutal" human slavery in Uganda and other parts of Africa.

According to a document Christie gave The Brazil Times, in 1986, Yoweri Musaveni became the president of Uganda.

In opposition, Alice Lakwena, from the Acholi tribe in Northern Uganda began the Holy Spirit Movement (HSM).

The purpose of the HSM was to gather followers and foster alliances with rebel militias, and the goal was to enter in to Kampala, the country's capital city, to free the northern portion from oppression.

Later, Lakwena was exiled, and the HSM was left without a leader.

With the group left vulnerable, Joseph Kony, who claimed to be a relative to Lakwena, took control and renamed the HSM, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Kony then corrupted the group, and it lost its following after he began stealing food and abducting children to assimilate his army.

"Subsequently, he lost any remaining regional support," the document reads. "What had started out as a rebel movement to end the oppression of the north became an oppression of the north itself."

Kony used the "spiritual powers" he claims to have to manipulate others and build his army.

To date, children are still abducted, beaten, used as sex slaves, brainwashed, indoctrinated and taught to return to their home villages only to kill and destroy the very families who brought them into the world; however, due to the attention the LRA is getting, abductions have slightly dispersed.

"Children remain terrified to sleep in their own beds at night in fear of being taken from their families," the document reads. "Kony has been compared to people such as Hitler due to his crimes."

On Monday, Christie asked the YCC for help in gathering support for Cover the Night.

The YCC, along with other possible organizations, will be hanging posters on the streets and throughout the community to raise awareness and make sure people recognize Kony's face.

"The LRA doesn't have any set cause for good or evil," Christie said. "They just want power."

The event will take place at sundown Friday, April 20, and the group discussed having three meeting times throughout the evening to ensure more people could make the event, including 8:30 p.m., 10:20 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The YCC is still discussing a meeting venue for the evening, but they would like to see all who are available attend.

During the meeting, the YCC members planned to speak with Brazil City Mayor Brian Wyndham to ask permission and discuss city ordinances surrounding laws for posting bulletins and posters around town.

After YCC President Matthew Aselage and Christie receive Wyndham's approval, the YCC plans to approach local businesses to raise money for posters and project supplies, as well as request to advertise in business windows.

In addition, it also plans to run advertisements through local news media outlets, such as The Brazil Times.

To learn more information about the problem, visit www.warchild.org.uk, www.kony2012.com or to watch the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc.

In addition to working on the Cover the Night project, the YCC will also be collecting "Change for Change" for Serving on the Streets, as well as setting up a volunteer schedule.

The group's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m., at Northview High School in Rochell Reberger's classroom, room 108.

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I love that this group is helping out this cause. Can I also suggest we try to help clean up our own community as well.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 11:21 AM

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