Held on Saturday the 25th of April, The Rescue, Seattle, went from 3 to 10 p.m. and covered part of the downtown area, from the Pacific Science Center, to Myrtle Edwards Park in a march for Invisible Children. Invisible Children began as a documentary made by three young men from California. During a trip to Africa, they were able to witness the thousands affected by mass kidnappings by The L.R.A., a northern Ugandan rebel army led by a man named Joseph Kony. Thousands of children have been kidnapped, and many are still being kidnapped today, and forced to serve in Kony's rebel army.
An estimated 2,500 people took part in The Rescue of Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers in Seattle, Saturday. The event took place in 100 cities across the United States. Calling for participants to "abduct themselves," the events are geared toward being rescued by the media. Involving celebrities, influential community members and politicians, The Rescue ends with all the participants writing letters to each of these types of people in order to express their belief in the need for action.
Lining the streets of downtown Seattle, Saturday April 25th, around 2,500 people gathered to participate in The Rescue, supported by the organization Invisible Children
Holding onto a rope to symbolize what happens to an abducted child soldier; kidnapped, bound and forced to march to where they will be trained as soldiers.
Participants of The Rescue, part of Invisible Children, make their way through downtown Seattle, to Myrtle Edwards Park.
Jenny Mavity, 25, Region Manager for the Pacific Northwest for Invisible Children, uses a megaphone to direct an estimated 2,500 people gathered in Myrtle Edwards Park. One hundred cities across the U.S. participated in The Rescue. Twenty five were selected as sites that would be filmed, Seattle was one of them.
Western Washington University freshman Chris Haffner, and Seattle Pacific University freshman Brian McConkey hang pictures submitted by participants for the demonstration. The faces circled in red symbolize who would be missing from their friends and family. The photographs mean to make a parallel connection of what an abducted child looks like.