Wednesday, December 19, 2012
On Nov. 17 four local youth, twins Miriam and Martha Taylor and their Camdenton High School classmates, Jordan Phillips and Daniella Lotze, took a field trip to Washington D.C. to participate in Move DC, the first Global Peace Summit on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The LRA is a rebel group in eastern and central Africa that was brought to light for abducting, killing and displacing civilians, mostly children, by the film “Kony 2012,” the authors of “Invisible Children,” that exposes indicted war criminal and International Criminal Court fugitive and leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony.
A panel of international leaders from the conflicted area and global institutions around the world were present on stage to discuss the current state of affairs. The Chief Prosecutor from the International Criminal Court stated Joseph Kony as being at the top of the list of International Most Wanted Criminals.
The purpose of the Peace Summit was to show the President of the United States and other world leaders, that Invisible Children Inc. are committed to seeing an end to LRA atrocities and that the world leaders are being held accountable for promises made to stop the LRA.
More than 10,000 people mostly under the age of 30 were in attendance. Themes of the International gathering included “All Life Matters,” “Stop at Nothing” and “Our Liberty is Bound Together.”
During the second half of the day a peace march was held from the Convention Center to the White House and on to the Washington Monument escorted by Washington D.C. police.
Miriam, a Camdenton High School senior, has been involved with the Invisible Children, Inc., organization for the last four years hoping to bring to light the plight of these children and spearheaded the trip to Washington D.C. One of Miriam’s favorite quotes is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Miriam used money saved working at Kelly’s Port Marina last summer to pay for airfare for herself and for her sister, Martha.
Guardian of the group was Sara Taylor, retired Air Force Major and mother of the twins, who a year ago was also a guardian for a World War II veteran on board an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial at Washington D.C. Sara describes both trips as inspirational and unforgettable.