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Ignorance isn’t bliss

Dear Editor:Through recent history classes, we’ve learned a lot about or country, the good and the bad, but what surprises me most about the history of the United States is not the number of times we’ve tried to kill Castro or the documented attempts (and successful ones at that) of overthrowing foreign governments. What is most shocking to me are the things we haven’t done.I haven’t really thought about this aspect of our country so much until just recently when I was exposed to a film called “Invisible Children.” For those of you that don’t know, this movie is a documentary of the genocide that is currently going on in Uganda. Three young men from California went to Africa to learn more about this, and the result of their work was the movie “Invisible Children,” as well as what is becoming a widespread knowledge of these kids that are in the middle of this tragedy unfolding in our world.Since then, I’ve researched this subject to try to get a better understanding of it. In Uganda, countless numbers of children have been abducted and trained as soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army. The LRA is a rebel group in the midst of a civil war against the government that relies on the use of kidnapping and child soldiers. To give you a vague idea of what has been unfolding, statistics show that 50,000 Ugandan children are abducted each year to become child soldiers. Such figures, however, are hard to come by as vital information such as this, basically doesn’t exist. Now I’m not saying that the U.S. doesn’t do anything for other countries, we know they do, but this is a very large issue that the U.S. has an ability to help solve.I know we as a country can’t be the “saviors of the world,” but aid from our country would be extremely beneficial toward helping this country. I wouldn’t want to send more troops there, but things such as donating money so they could begin to work on this issue themselves is a start. I believe that these kids have a great cause and have started something huge by getting more people aware of what is going on, and I highly recommend that you become involved as well, as this is an important event in our world today. If you are interested in doing this, visit their website: http://www.invisiblechildren.com, and check out their movie as well. Their cause is one that many should become involved in.Andy MayerBasalt

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