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Invisible children

Dear Editor:I would like to extend a big “thank you” to Andy Mayer for his letter to the editor in the Jan. 11 edition of The Aspen Times addressing the dire situation facing the children of Northern Uganda, and the organization “Invisible Children.” The documentary Andy referred to was filmed and produced by three young men from San Diego who discovered the plight of these children by accident as they were intending to film a story about the Sudan. What they came upon was thousands of young children, from age 5 to 15, commuting up to three hours one way every night into the town center where they felt they would be safe – safe from being abducted by the rebel army in that area and forced to fight against the Ugandan government.These three young men were asked by the kids of Uganda as they were ready to leave to “please not forget about us.” Thankfully, they didn’t forget, and now a movement has begun. They are educating the people of the United States by showing their documentary across the country to anyone who will take the time to watch and listen. It truly is a grassroots movement accomplished by a group of amazing young individuals who have joined this organization. Their goal is to not only end the civil unrest in Uganda, but to provide the means for the children to enroll in school and begin the process of rehabilitation.For more on the background of the organization, its mission, and the programs they are sponsoring in Uganda, please check out http://www.invisibilechildren.com. Another link within their site shows how this has changed people’s lives, so also check out http://www.invisiblechildren.com/theMovie/media/index.php?mediaID=1447533577.Two of my children work for Invisible Children, and one of them will be in Aspen with three others on Feb. 20 and 21 to show the documentary. I encourage you and challenge you to take two hours out of your evening and see this film. You will be forever changed.Scott BolithoGlenwood Springs

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