UPDATE: 12 days to go…
Please take a moment to Commit to the Rescue
We need some serious help… Right now, there are 16 people committed to attending this event according to facebook. If we make it to 30 people – each one of us will represent 100 child soldiers still fighting.
If we made it to 60, each one of us would represent 1,100 children abducted throughout the war.
This event will only work if we get enough people to Syntagma Square on April 25 as possible. Invite your friends. Send them to the blog: http://rescueinathens.wordpress.com and tell me how to get more people there.
Yesterday, I received information about a peaceful demonstration being organised in Athens to bring attention to the plight of child soldiers in Uganda. It will be held in Syntagma Square on the 25th of April from 3pm until midnight.
Please spread the word on your blogs.
Join the Facebook Page.
Tweet the event if you can.
Email all your friends too so we can make Athens part of this important global event.
The flyer below is released for distribution so feel free to use it.
Please contact Rescue in Athens if you are interested in getting more involved or have any networking ideas.
This is from the website The Rescue in Athens
Back in the U.S. I spent the last 2.5 years actively involved in raising awareness about the current war in Northern Uganda — the longest running war in Africa, displacing over 1.4 million Ugandans into camps. Having spent the last few months abroad in Athens, I have felt somewhat out of touch with the issues which I care about most, including the use of child soldiers in Uganda. Upon visiting the website of Invisible Children, an NGO dealing with this conflict, I discovered the announcement of an International event to impact global policy addressing the issue.
Two days ago I decided to organize a demonstration in the Main Square of Athens in solidarity with Invisible Children’s global demonstration “The Rescue” (therescue.invisiblechildren.com). This blog will be a documentation of that process, and a hope that others out there in the city of Athens will find it, and be moved by the cause.
Today, I contacted Amnesty International’s office in Greece, as well as the Hellenic Human Rights League, hoping to get support from larger organizations in Greece with greater resources. I also contacted Invisible Children, to let them know we would be participating in the event. Tonight, my task is to create fliers and translate them into Greek, which I will produce and hand out throughout Athens in coming weeks.
I will also search the blogger community in Athens, trying to find support from other activists in the city. Please contact me if you are one of those bloggers!
About the event:
Mission: Put together a PEACEFUL gathering of people in Syntagma Square on Saturday, April 25 from 3pm – Midnight, that will draw Greek attention to the use of Child Soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance army in Northern Uganda.
Goals of the event:
1. Gather people — the higher the number, the more attention
2. Establish a PEACEFUL demonstration in solidarity with child soldiers and the Invisible Children community
3. Bring awareness about the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda to Athens 4. Gain supporters for Invisible Children through presence in the square
Details: When: April 25, 2009 – 3 PM – Midnight
Where: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece
Why: To raise awareness about the use of child soldiers by the Lords Resistance Army in Northern Uganda.
For more background about the conflict in North Uganda and the use of child soldiers please visit this page on the History of the Conflict and the international website The Rescue Invisible Children