By A.J. KING
Around 60 students saw “Invisible Children” when United
Campus Ministries sponsored the documentary showing in the Student Center, Main
Floor, Feb. 8.
The documentary tells the story of the children of
Uganda, of the war in which the Lord’s Resistance Army kidnaps children and
forces them to fight through violent indoctrination and mind washing.
Johnny Parker, a member of one of the 13 road crew teams
from Invisible Children Inc., presented the documentary to Tech students. Invisible
Children, named for the documentary, is the organization formed to help the
children of Uganda.
“This documents three young men from California who came
across children in Uganda being victimized in war and forced into a lifestyle
of being young soldiers. Feel free to be moved,” Parker said.
Parker himself was touched when he visited Uganda. He was
not planning on becoming involved with Invisible Children.
“I stayed one month longer at the Invisible Children
volunteer house, and I learned more about the tour,” Parker said.
“I thought it was an incredible way to participate.”
Parker said he was inspired to get involved by getting to
know one of the film makers, Laren Poole, and Tony, one of the children in the
“We did everyday things together,” Parker said. “We
played cards together; we just talked.”
Daniel Ruiz, a sophomore professional aviation major,
said he hopes people will have a desire to help after viewing the documentary.
“If something like this was going on anywhere else in the
world, we’d pay attention,” Ruiz said. “It’s recognizing this is going on.”
Ruiz also said he hoped people will not just go home
thinking about what they had seen on the documentary, but to do something about
“I hope it will inspire people to take action, that
people will have a desire to help,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz also said he thought people could learn a lot from
the people of Uganda.
“They have nothing and are so happy,” Ruiz said. “We have
everything and are not.”
Mary Margaret Gilbert, a junior English and French major,
said she was excited when she found out “Invisible Children” was to be shown on
“It’s really important to be reminded of the world
outside us,” Gilbert said.
“It’s so easy to get wrapped up in this Ruston bubble.”
Gilbert also said she is going do her part in spreading
the word about Invisible Children.
Gilbert said, “I’ll probably buy the DVD and give it to
my sister to get her high school involved. Maybe it will catch on.”
Gilbert also said she was touched by the documentary.
“It’s geared toward the heart and soul, not just the
politics. You’re reminded people are involved.”