Caught up in the Conflict:
International Student Video Conference on February 12/2013.
Read “We Got Trouble” by Invisible Children (Miss Mann has copies of this for you.)
Work through Child Soldier Booklets…
Students- read articles
********HOMEWORK for the Weekend:
(You may have seen this before… now I want you to look at it with a different lens.)
Please watch the following video and complete questions.
QUESTIONS for homework: (Feb 8-10)
(Please watch the KONY 2012 video (if you have seen it already- watch it again).
(Please answer the following questions on your binder and bring to class COMPLETED on MONDAY!)
1. What is humanities greatest ‘desire’ according to Kony 2012?
2. The Kony 2012 ‘movement’/’experiment’ is driven to get YOU, youth today, involved in something. What are they encouraging YOU to do.
3. How did every single person in the world START? Did they have choice? Did you?
What does this really mean for all people of the world?
4. Who is Jacob? How did Mr. Russel and Jacob meet? Where did they meet?
5. Explain what is currently happening in Uganda. Who is Joseph Kony?
Who are the LRA?
6. What is the said ‘mission’ of the Kony 2012 campaign? List all that they want to accomplish?
7. What do you think is the problem with a campaign like this? Why did it fail?
List as many as you can think of! Think of everything you can.
8. Why do you think this campaign target YOU, youth today?
Together we will watch the following videos to compliment our Feb 12 video conference.
By Isabelle Balot
Awash in the sun of timeless Africa
The beat-king goes robbed in light
A murderous heat stirs in his thigh
As he crouches in the brush or bed of a creek.
In the fire of noon when all seems
When everything sleeps in the
This warrior lurks in the deep bush
A glint at play in his lambent eye.
A sudden surge, and a great, tawny
Flashes up and descends in a
Strikes and crushes the prey to the
Kills in one blow of sovereign
I know of other kings under African
They, of all hope and royalty bereft,
Warriors without helmets, armor or
Go ragged and shoeless, in leathery
Nomads without pity at the road’s
-Fatality write in their dark eyes
As in crypt where shadows drift-
Come to sow death, grenade in
Behold the child soldier, the
Send in battalions into the sun-
For diamonds, for ivory, black gold
Pencil in hand, he would sketch
Under stubborn brow and crown of
What memories cling from the days
-that balm that pours from the
flask of infancy-
Form a thread too fine for a mind to
In combat, there’s nothing can
thwart his will;
This more than a child, this man not
Is a god and a king, an unripened
Who thinks he is immortal, lives
only to kill
When the combat is over, he sits in
ashes; With a rifle smeared with blood and
He tortures a golden or silvery
Idly crushes a salamander or scarab.
Sprawled on a cartirdge sack what
doe he see
Behind wide open eyes, the
What does he hear when he dies
In the mortar’s blast and the
buzzing of flies?
Drugged, drunk, stunned by the
Does he dream of lagoons and a glittering source,
Does his forehead feel a mother’s kiss
Through his final sleep, what images run?
Pardon, Lord, but when this
Wants top bind up its wounds and
begin to yearn
For peace that sinks deep through
its dark domain,
When the altars light up at the hour
When peace is promised and even
I see amidst glittering
In spite of myself, a lion-god of
Whose fierce pagan eyes laugh from the dark.
(by: Isabelle Balot (2000))
|Have students explore what is being done by the following organizations to combat the use of children in armed conflict. Encourage them to find organizations that are not on this list.
After reviewing the work of IGOs and NGOs, students should have an idea of how these organizations function. They should be able to form their own student group to contribute to the global effort to stop the use of child soldiers. Have them come up with a name of their own organization. Then break them up into small groups (5 groups of 5) and have them come up with the following: