Ugandan children need you; think of others

Consider where you are right now, what you did last night, and what lies in your future. Then stop and try to fully appreciate everything in life that you have because so many people only dream of our opportunities.As a TCU junior, I think it is horrific to see so many college students whining about their “sad” situations. Either they’re “broke” and can’t buy beer or they’ve been dumped by their boyfriends; boo hoo.

I am plenty guilty of sulking about my “enormous” problems and I know I am not the only student who does this, but after watching “Invisible Children,” the documentary about some Ugandan children’s lives, everything was dramatically put into perspective.

We are so blessed to even be able to worry freely about such issues.

It is time for us all to get off our high horses and focus our energies on people who have such devastating problems that we cannot even imagine them.

More than 40,000 children in Uganda walk into cities from their homes on the outskirts of town, just to sleep on the street where they feel some sense of security.

They are safer sleeping in groups on the streets than in their homes.

Every night, these children fear being abducted by the Lords of Resistance, a rebel group that is rapidly growing in Uganda.

The rebels abduct children nightly, forcing boys to be soldiers and girls to be sex slaves.

More than 30,000 children have already been abducted, and while you were partying with your friends or sleeping comfortably in a bed last night, that number increased.

The children targeted are between the ages of 7 and 12. What were you afraid of at age 10?

Whatever problems you think you have, I dare you to compare them to the issues Ugandan children face every day.

We have to help these children.

There is a Global Night Commute planned for April 29. There, people of all ages will walk together into downtown Fort Worth and sleep on the streets. Can you handle one night of what these children go through daily?

It is our responsibility, as decent human beings, to give these children at least a glimpse of hope. They dream of having our lives, our opportunities and our freedom.

To get involved, sign up for the global night commute at the Invisible Children Web site at, or talk to the League of Nations, which meets Wednesdays in Student Center Room 202.

Take a second to put your problems aside and focus instead on giving these children a chance at life.

Lauren Johnson is a junior advertising/public relations major from San Antonio.