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As we all know time flies and with that being said the future is now, making me ponder the question of what are my future intentions? I know that nothing is set and stone for me at the time being anyways, but I intend to pursue a degree in business advertising and psychology.

Next, away from academics I much like many others have a long bucket list that has yet to be touched. At the top of the list you will find the words “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This isn’t just a vague goal, it is actually quite specific. What comes to mind when the topic Invisible Children arises? Obviously I am not talking about children that are literally invisible, but about the ongoing tragedies that are occurring across Central Africa. U.S. House Representative of the 53rd district, Susan Davis preached, “No child should ever have to live in fear of being abducted or killed.” Since my freshman year in high school I have showed empathy towards countries that are still to this day being terrorized by Joseph Kony and his army of invisible children. I feel that no one regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, etc. should have to endure the terrors that these African children are experiencing. This is why I have made put this item at the top of my bucket list. To help end the ongoing war that many are unaware of in Africa. According to Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, “We are not just studying human history, we are shaping it.” It all began roughly twenty-four years ago, in the small country of Uganda. A man going by the name of Joseph Kony led a rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army or for short LRA. The LRA’s main objective at first was to overthrow the Ugandan Government. Unfortunately they were losing support for the cause, and soon veered down a different path. A path of destruction, they began by terrorizing one village at a time violently mutilating anyone who would cross their corridors, while abducting any child in sight to empower his militia. These children being abducted get brainwashed and exposed to traumatic situations and experiences that no child should ever have to face. With the constant perils of being killed at any time, the children obey all orders no matter how cruel. Many forcefully kill their own families in exchange for their own lives; females become sex slaves regardless of age. Terrifying isn’t it? I know coming from a single individual, it does not sound very promising, but I along with the founders and supporters of The Invisible Children movement would agree that every individual can make an impact, we the people are the pilots of our own destiny. . This is not just a story, this is reality, and real children are still suffering as we speak. Hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe are coming together for a similar cause, these people will be the ones to make a change in this world. This is our generation, inform others of Amnesty International, donate to the cause, and plain and simple just take action. Please let us come together and assist in putting a permanent end to the LRA atrocities. “On issues of social justice the people lead and the leaders follow. It is time for our generation to lead” said Ben Keesey, CEO Invisible Children.

References and Bibliography
 Basu, Moni. "LRA slams Kony video as Acts of Deception." CNN. Turner
     Broadcasting Inc, 6 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
     <http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-06/africa/
     world_africa_kony2012-lra-reaction_1_joseph-kony-invisible-children-addresses-cri
     ticism?_s=PM:AFRICA>. This article was released last year in the CNN to
     inform more people about the LRA. Joseph Kony along with his army of
     abducted children, are terrorizing the Central Africa area fort no apparent
     reason. Kony just wants to retain his status. With help from people all
     around the world, Kony and his army caught word. Which is not a good thing,
     and why they are attempting to put an end to the war. Also the article
     mentions a video that will be released in the upcoming weeks for yet
     another KONY movement, scheduled to happen in 2013.

 Deneen, Sally. "Making a Difference - Invisible Children." Success. CMS, Hosting
     & Web Development, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013. <http://www.success.com/
     articles/523-making-a-difference-invisible-children>. This source gave
     me information on how the movement is going. In the article they begin to
     mention all of the positive impacts that they have made on the world.
     Although each day nothing seems to change, but over time everything is
     different. What I mean by this is the fact that this non-profit
     organization started over a decade ago, had little support and success in
     the early years. But if you look at them now, and how far they have come,
     that is a prime example of perseverance. With all the social media we have
     today, the word spread as fast as the internet could run. Resulting in high
     schools getting involved, curating fundraising programs to raise money for
     the invisible children and to put an end to the war.

 Invisible Children. 5ifty & 5ifty, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
     <http://invisiblechildren.com/>. This is where I found the majority
     of my information. This source contains everything you need to educate
     yourself about Invisible Children and the ongoing war in Africa. From how
     it all started, to what we are currently doing, and what we can do. This
     website also had a gallery, composed of photographs of the child soldiers,
     and that made me sit back and be grateful for everything that I have.

 "Invisible Children." Wikipedia. Wikimedia, 19 Jan. 2003. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
     <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Children>. For many Wikipedia
     is not a reliable source, but I still believe that it is a very resourceful
     and creditable site. This site helped generate a metaphorical timeline, of
     the events. Along with informing us about Joseph Kony and what is still
     going on out there. They also provide you with links to videos and products
     related to the issue. Along with those they give you more resources, and
     they tell you where their information is from.

    Spiegel, Julia. "‘Invisible Children’ Hides the Truth." NY Daily News.
     N.p., 18 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2013. <http://www.nydailynews.com/
     opinion/invisible-children-hides-truth-article-1.1041118>. Following the
     Kony 2012 video along with movement, the issue has finally reached front
     pages. Which is what the non-profit organization Invisible Children wanted
     from the start. This demonstrates that with time and effort anything can be
     achieved. You can be the one to make a change, or be the change you want to
     see in the world. Personally I believe that Julia did a magnificent job
     with this article.