“We are. We are going to stop them.”
It was a promise, a battle cry—to end a country’s longest war. But this battle cry wasn’t bellowed by a mighty Roman general or a U.S. president. No, it was uttered in a dark room in northern Uganda, to a frightened boy, by a recent college graduate from San Diego.
And it was impossible.
The college kid was Jason Russell, founder of Invisible Children.
The war in Africa led by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and warlord Joseph Kony, the first person indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity.
The boy was 12-year-old Jacob, who—like 30,000 other children—had been abducted by the LRA. Jacob also had watched as his brother was murdered by Kony.
Russell believed that if U.S. citizens knew about these atrocities, they would stop them. But how could Russell and his two co-founders spread the word in the United States? Well, by appearing on Oprah!
But getting on Oprah was about as easy as stopping a war. read more »