PR Director, Invisible Children
1810 Gillespie Way, Ste 205
El Cajon, CA 92020
Invisible Children Inc. is a non-proft organization dedicated to providing fnancial resources to invisible children by documenting their
true, untold stories in a creative and relevant way, resulting in positive change.
Our goals, or “BIG IDEAS”, can be simplifed in three major objectives:
MOVIE: how it all began.
Can a story change the world? In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such a story. What they
found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are the weapons and the victims. The “Invisible Children:
Rough Cut” flm exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. Children who live in fear of abduction
by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fght as part of a violent army. This wonderfully reckless documentary is fast paced, with an
MTV beat, and is truly unique. To see Africa through young eyes is humorous and heart breaking, quick and informative - all in the same
breath. See this flm, you will be forever changed.
MOVEMEnT: how it involves you.
After people viewed the movie the one question repeatedly asked was, “What can I do?” And so a non-proft was born in 2004. The
Movement is the awareness, mobilization, and fundraising effort taking place throughout America and other countries around the world
by people who are inspired to act. The goal of the Movement is to empower the individual viewer to become a part of the story, and “be
the change they wish to see in the world” through action.
MIssIOn: how we are creating change.
The Mission is the ultimate goal of Invisible Children. It is the resources, skills, and funds that hit the ground in Uganda. These resources
will provide health, safety and education for the children of Northern Uganda who are affected by this 20-year-long war. It is our belief
that we need to live for more, because the invisible children need more to live.
JAsOn russEll, BOBBy BAIlEy, AnD
lArEn pOOlE, are the founders of Invisible Children
Inc. What started out as a flm-making adventure in Africa,
transformed into much more, when these three young Americans
original travels took a divine turn, and they found themselves
stranded in Northern Uganda. They discovered children being
kidnapped nightly from their homes and forced to fght as child
soldiers. The flm that resulted, is fast-paced with an MTV beat,
and is dedicated to exposing this tragic and horrifying untold
story. They originally screened the flm in June 2004 for friends
and family and soon expanded to high schools, colleges, and
religious institutions, from suburban living rooms to Capitol
Hill, with coverage on CNN, the National Geographic Channel,
and more, this flm has taken on a life of it’s own. After audiences
viewed the movie, one question repeatedly surfaced, “What can
we do?” And so, a non-proft was born. While still providing leadership and inspiration to the not-for-proft Invisible Children Inc., the
flmmakers are currently working on turning the “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” into a feature-length flm to be released in theaters
JAsOn russEll, 27, Filmmaker
Born and raised in San Diego, Jason graduated from USC’s flm school in 2002. He is the Director of “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” and
BOBBy BAIlEy, 24, Filmmaker
Bobby also graduated from USC flm school. He came home from Africa just in time to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema-
Television. He is the director of the Movement short-flms and podcasts.
lArEn pOOlE, 22, Filmmaker
Laren took a break from fnishing his Structural Engineering degree at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), to pursue the
completion of “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” and Invisible Children Inc., and the ripples it has begun. He is the Art and Marketing
Director for the non-proft.
BEn KEEsEy, Non-Proft Director
Studied Applied Math and Accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and forewent lucrative offers with leading
fnancial frms in order to become the non-proft director of Invisible Children, Inc. Ben has been instrumental in organizing the fnancial
affairs of the organization, as well as procuring grants from corporate and charitable sponsors. He nurtures individuals and organizations
to help fund the growing work of the nonproft and works closely with the Invisible Children Board of Directors to prepare for the future.
JOlly OKOT, Education Program Director
In 2003, Jolly Okot brought the flmmakers to Northern Uganda with hopes that her dream would one day come to fruition: Thousands
of Acholi children given the chance to succeed through education. She knew that if the boys could see the thousands of children feeing
their homes and sleeping in the streets of their city, they could not ignore it. She was right. Because Jolly believed that these children
deserved the world’s attention, our company is devoted to educating the children in Uganda, as well as the people abroad on what the
U.N. has deemed “the greatest emergency in the world today involving children.” Jolly is still at the forefront of our efforts on the ground.
Because she herself is an Acholi, she has served as a mouth piece for her people. Jolly is our inside informant, our African mother,
and our friend. She is now responsible for advising any IC staff on culture and tradition, and keeping the program running in Uganda,
primarily by Ugandans. On March 13th, 2006 Uganda Telecom awarded three best women achievers in the Gulu district, recognizing
Jolly Okot for paying school fees for 360 war-affected children in Northern Uganda.
MArgIE DIllEnBurg, Movement Director
Received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Peace Studies and Computers from University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s in Leadership
Studies from the University of San Diego. She moved to California as an AmeriCorps volunteer to help start a school targeting
an underserved segment of the population. For four years she helped the school grow from a business plan to a fully functioning
institution. Now she works as the Invisible Children Movement Director, coordinating the myriad efforts of thousands of individuals who
wish to help the children of northern Uganda.
nATAlIA AngElO, PR Director
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Baylor University, Natalia traveled to Ghana, West Africa to
practice PR for the West Africa AIDS Foundation and the Ghana Education Project. After months in Ghana, she returned home to Seattle
to pursue a career in PR at Publicis Dialog, an international PR frm. Now she works as Invisible Children’s PR Director, helping further
the growth of IC by garnering national and international media attention.
InVIsIBlE CHIlDrEn BOArD OF DIrECTOrs:
Invisible Children has an active board of directors made up of local businessmen and women who are passionately committed to
growing and expanding the affect of Invisible Children both domestically and abroad. They meet on a bi-monthly basis and have
ultimate legal control over Invisible Children. The flmmakers of Invisible Children have creative authority over the flm.
glOBAl nIgHT COMMuTE
Every night for 20 years, thousands of children in Northern Uganda have commuted to sleep in the center of
their cities for fear of abduction from a violent rebel army.
On April 29
in over 130 cities across the country, thousands are lying down to demand that our government
take a stand and put an end to “night commuting,” mass child abduction, and this horrifc war.
Americans are closing their eyes to open the world’s to an unseen war. By lying down, we are joining
the invisible children in Northern Uganda, and demanding that our government put an end to the worst
humanitarian crisis in the world today.
Each city has a designated meeting area where we will lay down for what we believe in.
nATIOnAl TOur: “suBurBAn sAFArI”
Invisible Children R.V.s are driving across the U.S. to bring the “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” flm to every
high school, college, and place of worship. Think: MTV’s “Road Rules” with a purpose. This tour intends to
raise further advocacy and awareness, and is being used to promote the Global Night Commute as well as the
Bracelet Campaign, and educate viewers about the Invisible Children Education Program.
“InVIsIBlE CHIlDrEn: FInAl CuT”
A completed feature-length flm to be released in theaters world wide, with a built-in audience, who
contributed to, and feel personally invested in the story’s end. This flm will tell the complete story, from
past to present, with a style echoing that of the “Rough Cut.” We believe a theatrical release is the
podium, allowing Northern Uganda to garner the international attention it deserves.
InVIsIBlE CHIlDrEn EDuCATIOn prOgrAM
After extensive evaluation in Northern Uganda, it is clear that education for the neglected next
generation is the greatest need. In addition to scholarships, the Invisible Children Education
Program is helping bring schools in war-affected areas to a competitive Ugandan standard.
From assigning each child a mentor who encourages their successes, to expanding or
rebuilding the structures, to a curriculum that prepares students for culturally relevant
careers – Invisible Children Inc. is ensuring that quality education is the priority. Our
goal is to equip a generation, through education, to participate with authority in Ugandan
leadership, and to take responsibility for the future of their own lives and country.
A micro-economic program intended to create jobs, in an otherwise unemployable war area, and allowing Ugandans to generate
a much-needed income. Each colored bracelet is accompanied by an inspiring short-flm, told by an invisible child. Each of these
extraordinary stories highlights one of the many ways Northern Ugandans have been affected by this unrelenting war.
These bracelets, hand-made from local reed and recycled wire in Uganda, will be sold in the United States, and the money raised will
funnel right back into Northern Uganda and the Invisible Children Education Program.
Finally, a bracelet that comes full circle.
“Invisible Children, Inc.” is not backed by any large corporation or production studio, and has always been made possible by
individuals (like you) who believe in this project. Up to this point, a portion of donations raised were being used for fnishing the flm,
mass-producing, and screening the “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” across the globe, fortunately, this is no longer the case. ALL
money donated is going toward the programs that Invisible Children has started in Northern Uganda and the United States. For more
information on what we’re doing at home and abroad, please see Current Projects.
Yes and no. The night commuters in “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” still commute every night. The children still fear abduction
and endure the hardships of commuting from their homes every night to the town for safety. Because of this, they have little to no
interaction with their parents. However, change is coming from organizations that have created more structured “centers” where
children can come to receive shelter.
Due to the frequent atrocities committed by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), in 1995, the government forced all the people who
were living in unprotected villages to move into camps. This way, the UPDF (Ugandan Peoples Defense Force) could “guard” the
camps from the rebels more easily. These camps are called IDP Camps (Internally Displaced People) and they are continuing to
get worse. Some tragic consequences have developed as a result – the camps have become grossly overcrowded, the sanitation
conditions are appalling, and the education system currently available, is beyond poor. Most of the kids are not in school because
their parents cannot generate income. They live hut on top of hut, in what resembles internment camps, totally void of culture, and
unable to work their land. In addition to the humanitarian problems, the camp “protection” from rebel attacks is mediocre, at best.
There are frequent abductions and atrocities by the LRA rebels within the camps, which the army has been unable to prevent.
Until quite recently, the Sudanese government supported the LRA as payback for the Ugandan government’s support of the
Sudanese rebel’s SPLA (Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army). With improved relations between the two governments and a peace
agreement in Sudan, the rebel support has ceased. LRA leader Joseph Kony, though lacking political objectives, still has a powerful
hold over his followers (abducted children), through religious ritual and fear. Some high-ranking commanders have broken from him
to engage in peace talks, but many fghters who’ve grown up in the LRA are hesitant to lay down arms because they fear reprisals
from the community and are uncertain how they would make a living in mainstream society. “The bush” is all they know. Civilian and
government negotiators have worked hard to assure the rebels that they will be welcomed home.
The LRA is fghting a civil war against a government that has committed atrocities against the Acholi, Teso, and Langi, which are all
tribes that make up a majority of Northern Uganda. The confusion begins here because the LRA is committing atrocities against the
same people they are claiming to be liberating.
The question remains, “What ARE they fghting for?”
Stay tuned for the fnal flm (now in production), as the flmmakers probe the simple, yet elusive answer to that question.
The U.S. government has been very supportive of democratic reforms under the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, as well as
peace talks within and between Uganda and Sudan. The LRA was labeled a terrorist organization under the U.S. Patriot Act. This
also presents a problem because these children in the LRA are now also labeled as “terrorists.” Many Ugandans critical of President
Museveni have urged the West to carefully examine their diplomatic relationships with the Ugandan government.
The bipartisan Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act, S. 2264, sponsored by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Lamar Alexander (R-
TN) overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and House of Representatives on February 2, 2005. This bill calls on the United States to
support efforts for a peaceful resolution of the confict in Northern Uganda, work with the Ugandan government and the international
community to make available suffcient resources to meet the relief and development needs of Northern Uganda and to assume
greater responsibility for the protection of civilians and economic development in affected regions in Uganda; also, to make clear that
the relationship between Sudan and the U.S. cannot improve unless it’s been proven that authorities of the Sudanese government
aren’t providing support to the Lord’s Resistance Army; and, direct the Secretary of State to submit a report on the confict in
Uganda, including information on LRA supporters, activities of the LRA and Ugandan People’s Defense Forces practices particularly
toward civilians; and actions carried out by the United States, Uganda, or the international community to protect displaced civilians,
especially women and children.
Because Uganda has long suffered a north-south ethnic division, theories range from apathy, to exploitation, to conspiracy. Some
believe that the government has paid far too little attention to the LRA because this war has not affected their own region and ethnic
group, and they pose no real threat to the capital or the government. However, many also believe that those in power have used the
LRA insurgency as an excuse to solicit more international donor funding, which is then diverted into other projects and government
pockets, never reaching those in need in the north. Though President Museveni initially refused to reason with the rebels through
peace talks, starting in 2000 the Ugandan government has now offered amnesty and forgiveness to all those involved in armed
confict or political resistance against the government. While it has been effective in ending other rebel movements, Kony has refused
to take advantage of the amnesty. Though Acholi community leaders continue to advocate peaceful negotiation, the Ugandan
government reverted to an armed strategy against the LRA after renewed attacks in 2002. Violence has since escalated, precipitating
the night commuter phenomenon seen in the flm.
No. The three flmmakers believe in Christ, but do NOT want to limit themselves in any way. They believe that this story is not theirs
to own/brand. They strongly believe that every person needs to hear this story regardless of race, religion, gender, or culture. Invisible
Children is about invisible children, and is not exclusive to people who believe what the flmmakers believe. It’s about the “orphans,
the widows, the hungry, and the oppressed.” It’s about children that are born into a horrifc situation, with no voice.
You can leave what’s comfortable, and use your talent to spread IC throughout your sphere of infuence, join us and watch yourself
come alive. Live for something more.
Most of the "night commuters," as they are known locally, are
children. They leave their outlying villages and walk as many as
eight kilometers to huddle for safety in the towns. And then, in the
morning, often without breakfast and often without shoes, they
walk all the way back again to get to their schools and their families.
That's if the former have not been burned and the latter have not
Here's what happens to the children who can't run fast enough, or
who take the risk of sleeping in their huts in the bush. I am sitting in
a rehab center, talking to young James, who is 11 and looks about 9.
When he actually was nine and sleeping at home with his four
brothers, the L.R.A. stormed his village and took the boys away.
They were roped at the waist and menaced with bayonets to
persuade them to confess what they could not know—the where-
abouts of the Ugandan Army's soldiers. On the subsequent forced
march, James underwent the twin forms of initiation practiced by
the L.R.A. He was first savagely flogged with a wire lash and then
made to take part in the murder of those children who had become
too exhausted to walk any farther. "First we had to watch," he says.
"Then we had to join in the beatings until they died."
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On a continent plagued with endless guerilla warfare, where war crimes are
standard fighting fare, the LRA stands apart as an especially odious group.
LRA crimes against humanity are so repulsive that its only former ally, the
Islamic government of Sudan, jettisoned its relationship with the LRA to
improve Sudan's international relations. (Credible sources in Uganda insist
Sudan still supplies weapons to the LRA, however.)
What began in 1986 as a rebellion against the Ugandan government has
metamorphosed into a military millenarian cult. Its reason for existence is to
perpetuate the power of its leader, a ruthless witchcraft practitioner named
He claims to be fighting Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's government
on behalf of the ethnic Acholi people, who populate the nation's three
northernmost districts of Kitgum, Gulu, and Pader. The Acholi have a
longstanding grievance with the more prosperous southern Ugandans, much
of it rooted in 19th-century British colonial policies that favored southerners
in education and business, while relegating the Acholi to army service.
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