Eliza’s mother, Judy, founded THARCE-Gulu to provide Trauma Healing and Reflection for former child soldiers and victims of war in the Gulu District in northern Uganda. The pair visited the area to view the effects of men like Joseph Kony are having on the 30,000 Ugandan child soldiers who have been kidnapped from their families and forced to commit atrocities too violent and demeaning to comprehend.
From DoSomething.org: "A particular chilling account comes from Rose, now a young woman, who at the age of 10 or 11 became the wife of Kony’s second in command. She told Eliza he was “a big man” and sometimes he was kind, but also had "rage and often kicked or beat her. " The teen shared that she saw Kony and others cut people into pieces—she was forced to also do this to her friends that were deemed “uncooperative.”
“’They had unbelievable stories to tell about what they had been through after being kidnaped and taken ‘to the bush to fight.’ We were blown away by their stories,’ said Eliza, about speaking with these young people.
“In regards to whether celebrities have an obligation to do good, Eliza says she admires what some of the major celebs are doing in the world.
“‘But the more important truth is that every advocate for justice is a celebrity. There are just not yet enough of us,’ she stated. ‘So, it is not so much that we are fulfilling an obligation. We are doing what our hearts call us to do, and encouraging others to follow their hearts is part of that’.”
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