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November 14, 2011

Opportunities To Help The Invisible Children

I don't know about you, but my every day life seem busy and crazy beyond words, but sometimes I look at the big picture, and it seems even crazier. It seem that...

...there are seasons of upheaval and seasons of stability.

Seasons of upheaval may be difficult and confusing, but they are also times of incredible opportunity.

The economic upheavals and the protest about them might get all the headlines, but sometimes the real stories seem to slip behind the media circus.

These tend to be my favorite stories - and they are usually the stories we can impact directly - away from the glare of the media gaze.

Here's one example; have you heard of Invisible Children? This is an organization dedicated to rescuing the child soldiers of Central Africa. You can see a short history of the longstanding crisis here -http://www.lracrisistracker.com/.

Here's an excerpt from their website -
"The war in northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU's attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth that has never known peace."

For more details click here - http://www.invisiblechildren.com/homepage.

This is one of those continuing disasters that students from around the world can work to eradicate. Check out the website for ways you or you school can make a difference.

Let me know what it is about English (or life in our current era) that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at November 14, 2011 11:39 PM

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