2006.04.14> For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
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UNO Students to Make Global Night Commute April 29
Omaha - Imagine that you live in the country and must walk miles into town each night just to get a good night’s sleep. It’s a reality for thousands of children in the war-torn country of Uganda who face the threat of abduction into the rebel army if they remain in their homes.
More than 100 students from 29 organizations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be taking part in a “night commute” Saturday, April 29, to bring attention to the situation in Uganda in hopes of ending the devastation.
Individuals will gather at 5 p.m. at Creighton University in the parking lot near 30th and Cuming streets. At 6 p.m., the group will begin its “commute” to the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center at 1819 Farnam St., where they will spend the night and participate in a variety of activities.
Omaha is one of more than 136 locations across the nation to host such an event in conjunction with Invisible Children Inc., a nonprofit organization established in 2004 that is committed to ending the war in northern Uganda where children are forced to fight as soldiers. Invisible Children was the result of a trip to Africa by three southern California filmmakers who documented their findings of children who are the weapons and the victims.
Pauline Mburu, a UNO student and organizer of the April 29 commute, said this event is very important because it helps shed light on an issue that many in the United States may not be aware of or consider a problem. Earlier this year, UNO students had the chance to view a film made by Invisible Children. After watching the presentation, Mburu said she was motivated to aid in the cause.
“I was moved to do something in hopes of dispelling the myth that the situation in Uganda is just ‘the way Africa is,’” she said. “I was born and raised in Kenya, and I never saw or experienced what the children in Uganda are undergoing. I am demanding that the U.S. government help put an end to the longest-running war in Africa and one of the worst crises in the world today.”
Those joining UNO in the commute include students from Creighton University and Lewis Central High School (Council Bluffs), as well as participants from First Christian Church and Christ Community Church, among others.
For more information about the April 29 commute or how to become involved, contact Mburu or Sharif Liwaru in the UNO Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554-2711, or visit the Web at http://www.invisiblechildren.com.
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