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New Video, Photo Essay Tell Story of Ugandan Child Night Commuters

(New York, August 22, 2005) -- Human Rights Watch has documented the plight of Uganda’s lost generation of children in a new video, “Night Commuters: Uganda’s Forgotten Children of War.” A powerful photo essay by Bruno Stevens accompanies the video.

Human Rights Watch takes an unflinching look at the harrowing conditions of the children’s lives through original footage and interviews.
  

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Source: Human Rights Watch
The video, narrated by Dennis Haysbert, spotlights the phenomenon of tens of thousands of children in northern Uganda who walk miles every day to avoid abduction by rebel troops. The video shows the children embarking from their villages on long journeys in search of a safe place to sleep in urban areas.  
 
Human Rights Watch takes an unflinching look at the harrowing conditions of the children’s lives through original footage and interviews. The situation in northern Uganda has resulted in a pervasive climate of fear. Since 1986, 30,000 boys and girls have been abducted in northern Uganda and forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves. The group that is responsible for these atrocities, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has waged war against the Ugandan government for nearly two decades.  
 
Once abducted by the LRA, children are forced to carry out raids, beat and kill civilians and kidnap other children if they want to stay alive. The girls end up sexually violated and physically abused. They are forced to beat or trample to death other children who attempt to escape, and are repeatedly told that they will be killed if they try to run away.  
 
To avoid LRA abduction, every night as many as 40,000 children flee their homes in the countryside to sleep in the relative safety of towns. They seek refuge overnight at churches, hospitals, bus stations and temporary shelters before returning home again each morning.  
 
This video spotlights a society living under the constant threat of having its children abducted and shows the world that a crisis that the United Nations has called a “crime against humanity” can no longer be ignored.

Source and credits:  The Human Rights Watch Organization  http://www.hrw.org






DONATE ONLINE: SUPPORT OUR CHILD SOLDIERS' BOOK PROJECT

Dear Peace Lovers, Human rights Advoactes, Supporters:

Weed your support to facilitate our initiative to publish a book on the use of child soldiers in northern Uganda. UNICEF estimates that over 25,000 children have been abducted abused and many of them have died since 1986 in northern Uganda. These children are abducted by rebels of the Lord's Resitance Army, LRA. The government of Uganda has also failed to provide adequate protection to the children and the people of northern Uganda who continue to be massacred and brutalized by both the rebels and government troops.

The book we are about to publish will feature children's illustrations by the former child soldiers and painful personal stories of the hard life and truama that the children underwent while in captivity. It is our belief that this book will be read all over the world and will instigate action and support for these children. A sample of the children's drawings is posted here on this website for you to see.

Your donation is tax-deductible in the USA. Any donation of $100 or more will allow the donor to have his/her name mentioned in the book as a supporter of children's rights.

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PROTESTING SUDANESE GOVERNMENT OVER DARFUR -- UNIVERISITY OF PITTSBURGH

DEAR FRIENDS AND ACTIVISTS:
The Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition in collaboration with the Africa Peace Education, and the ,Lost Boys of Sudan organized a symbolic protest at the visit of Abdel Bagi Khabeir, Deputy Chief of Missions of the Government of Sudan, to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, May 21. The protesters believe that the Sudan government has failed to provide for the safety and security of the people in Darfur.

Robert Lino, a Sudanese and a senior at the University of Pittsburgh is shown here in the picture addressing the crowd outside the David Lawrence Hall where the Deputy Ambassador was speaking. Robert tearfully narrated the suffering him and his people are facing in Sudan.

This event was also supported by the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, Schenley High School Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND), members of Allderdice High School STAND, Azania Heritage International, African Students Orgainzation - Pitt and other organizations.



WORD OF THANKS FOR THE UGANDAN RALLY AT THE UNITED NATIONS

Dear Friends, Peace Lovers and Activists:
On Saturday December 18, 2004, a group of Ugandans and peacelovers from all over the USA thronged the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for an educational rally pressing for an end of the genocide and war in northern Uganda.Many people turned out from all over the USA as well as Ugandans representing all parts of Uganda. On behalf of the individuals and organizations that organized the event and made this possible, I would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who showed up and got counted for the causes and plight of the people of northern Uganda. This is just the beginning.

We will be delivering your petition and make a follow up with the officials at the UN as well as the White House and let you know accordingly. Dr. Ocan Otim, president of Friends for Peace in Africa (who himself was at the event) will write a formal report on the rally later this week. Also this week, check for stories about the event in the www.blackstarnews.com Please, see attached, some sample pictures of the people who braved the tough and attended the rally.

Thank you very much and keep in touch for the next agendas.
Sincerely,
Peter Okema.
Co-Protest Coordinator,
(412)657-8513
http://www.africantransatlantic.org



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The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created a Racist Image of Africa

The book is an Explosive New Book Exposes Newspapers', including New York Times', culpability in racist representation of Africa. The book digs deep into the history of the negative, racist media representations of Africans and people of African descent that persist in contemporary America. The Book contains exclusive damning evidence from The New York Times’ archives and its publication was blocked by several magazines.

Milton Allimadi is a Graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He publishes The Black Star News a weekly New York newspaper.

Milton Allimadi Publisher & CEO milton@blackstarnews.com Milton Allimadi, Publisher and Editor-in chief, a first generation immigrant from Uganda received his journalistic training at The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. After stints at The Journal of Commerce and The Wall Street Journal, Allimadi reported for the New York Times as a metro news stringer. At the New York Times Allimadi honed, among other things, his reportorial skills.

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