Tragedy of "Invisible Children" Brought Closer to Home For Williston High Students
WILLISTON - The plight of child soldiers in Uganda and the Congo became a reality for more than 600 students at Williston High School.
They watched a 30-minute feature produced by Invisible Children, a human rights group that targets Joseph Kony, an international war criminal.
The film was followed up with first-hand accounts by some of the survivors, who now travel with Invisible Children to help spread their message.
The presentation was possible thanks to Makayla Baker -- a student at the school and the current Ms. Williston.
The "Stop Kony" campaign became a viral sensation this spring, but Baker said she's been passionate about the invisible children work since she first watched a documentary about them at church camp when she was 13.
She said it's sometimes difficult to raise awareness among teens, but was pleasantly surprised by the response from her peers.
The students watched the film quietly with occasional ripples of applause. After the film and a presentation by Invisible Children speakers, many students agreed to write letters to their representatives and also bought merchandise to help support the organization.
Baker and several of her classmates also talked about starting an Invisible Children club at the school.
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