Balidawa Robinah, 38, stands in her backyard brick factory, as her employees lay out mud bricks to dry before firing, in Musima village, 50 miles east of Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, March 22, 1998. A mother of seven, she says she was able to start her business with a microloan from the Foundation for International Community Assistance Banking on the Poor. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
War-torn northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.
Activists groups are trying to shed light on the destruction caused by the longest running war in Africa's history. One of those organizations stopped at South Walton High School today, encouraging students to become part of something bigger than themselves.
These young members of the Invisible Children's Organization know that no child should live in fear of being abducted, mutilated, or killed.
A world away-- AIDS, hunger, war, and devastation have robbed innocent children of their youth.
North Uganda teacher Irene Aol has seen it all.
"It’s like the world does not know they even exist or that they're suffering this way. They can be something big if they're helped" says Aol.
The Invisible Children Organization has been rallying American students to help raise money to improve the standard of education in North Uganda.
The group's third stop: South Walton High School
The organization brought two representatives from Uganda with them to share their hardships.
"It's students like the students at South Walton that are making a difference in their lives—so they applied to come here and share their stories because they want to advocate for their students and friends who don't have scholarships or schools to study in" says Annie Long, who became a member of the organization four years ago.
The ICO’s goal is to raise a million dollars in 100-days.
A student ambassador from the top-contributing schools will receive an all expense paid trip to Uganda to become part of that mission.
An inspiring challenge to the students at South Walton High.
Sophomore Jewel Carroll is hosting the Uganda representatives during their stay in the panhandle and has heard their stories before but says it still moves her every time.
"When they got up there and spoke, I was in tears-- it's incredible-it's something I think everyone should experience"
President Obama signed the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act into law in May. The legislation designates $20 million dollars for strategies to address the violence in East Africa.