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Laying down for your beliefs

Invisible Children is sponsoring a Global Night Commute on April 29 to draw attention to the plight of Uganda’s “night commuters”—the 40,000 children who leave their homes every afternoon and walk to the nearest city to sleep. If they are lucky, they find one of the shelters set up by religious or relief agencies. If not, they sleep under verandas, in doorways, on sidewalks. The children do this to escape abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that abducts children and forces them to become soldiers, laborers or sex-slaves.

Invisible Children is setting up central locations in cities across America for the Global Night Commute, where people will walk to and spend the night sleeping as the Ugandan children do. This appears to be a truly grass roots movement and I think it’s got the potential to be very powerful. I haven’t been able to find anything in major media publications, but it’s all over the Web and blogs. If enough people and cities get involved, it could draw major media attention – which is the goal. The more who learn about this crisis, the more that will be done to stop it. Go here for more information.