By Alison Moon
 
Bayou Bijou received three out of town visitors Thursday March 12. Mallory Heida, Brynne Henn, and Daniel Lorigo have been on the road for the last month with 2 more ahead of them promoting the documentary "The Rescue," the sequel to the documentary "Invisible Children."

Invisible Children portrays the lives of child soldiers in Uganda. Abducted from their homes as young as 9 years old, these children are forced into the Lord's Resistance Army (LAR). Threatened with their lives, these children kill whenever their leaders tell them to. Some escape while others die trying to do so.

"I have a friend who was a roadie. She told me about the cause and when I heard about the child soldiers in Uganda it moved me to act," said Lorigo, a native of Orange County, Calif.
 
The effects of the Invisible Children produced worldwide support for the cause in Uganda. Film makers Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole have spent more than 6 years working on this project to try to bring light to the situation in Uganda. They released "Invisible Children" in 2004 and recently released "The Rescue."

Their film covers the work done since the release of Invisible Children. It shows how student involvement around the country moved our government to act in correlation with Uganda by starting to create peace treaties with the leader of the LAR, Joseph Kony. Kony has been recently placed by the U.S. Treasury Department on the list of "specially designated global terrorists."

"He has kept the Acholi people and people of the area surrounding northern Uganda trapped in a bloody war for more than two decades. Because of his actions more than a million people were forcibly displaced. Tens of thousands of children have been abducted and forced to serve in his army. I think it's telling that he's the first person that the International Criminal Court has set a warrant on," said Ruth Diaz, President of UL Lafayette's street team for Invisible Children.

After the film was shown, Heida, Henn, and Lorigo answered questions asked by UL Lafayette students. Merchandize such as T-shirts, bracelets, hats, and DVDs were available for purchase after the screening. Some students were looking to get even more involved and signed up for Tri-Campaign which is a weekly donation of $3 to help rescue child soldiers.

"The movies are so powerful. I think that people have this vague consciousness of the way things are in other countries, in developing nations, but seeing the faces and hearing the voices of these children brings it to a whole new level," said Diaz

UL Lafayette's street team for Invisible Children is staying active. On April 25, they will be traveling to Baton Rouge along with other students from all over the state to stage a demonstration to support the child soldiers in Uganda. Anyone is welcome to join and more information can be reached at www.invisiblechildren.com.