Come Home: A Song That Could End the LRA

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Last week, I suggested the movie, Machine Gun Preacher (read the article here). It's the true story of former biker-gang member, Sam Childers, who built and runs the largest orphanage in Southern Sudan. Childers is still there, and still protecting those orphans from Joseph Kony.

Now I'd like to share two things with you: A video made in 2012, and a song released last week. The video details what Joseph Kony has done and shows the growth of a popular worldwide movement pushing policy makers to find Kony and stop him. Here's the video: Kony 2012.

A follow-up video was made this year: What Happened to Kony 2012?

And the most popular singer in Uganda — Jose Chameleone — just released a song entitled "Come Home." It's a direct communication to the LRA soldiers, asking them to come home (most of them were abducted as children) and letting them know they will be welcomed home (most of them feel so bad about what they were forced to do, they're not so sure). The LRA is Kony's army, the "Lord's Resistance Army." The song could help bring those boys home — the song will be played on the radio in LRA territory. Jose Chameleone's wife is from the area where the LRA originates, so this is personal.

The song is on iTunes here: Come Home. Please buy it and share it. It's a beautiful song with a mighty purpose. If the song becomes popular internationally, it could help generate more political pressure to stop Kony and end the LRA (watch the Kony 2012 video above to see how that might work).

The singers on Come Home sing in three different languages: English, Bugandan and Acholi. Acholi is the tribe that has been most affected by the LRA. Most of those abducted boys speak Acholi. Since songs on the radio are never sung in Acholi, this will emotionally connect with those boys.

Let's stop the atrocities and help those boys find their way home. Watch the videos, buy the song, and share it all with everyone you know. This is the true joy in life.

The song on iTunes.

Jose Chameleone's Facebook page.

The web site for the creators of the Kony 2012 movement.

An article (in English) in Uganda Online about Chameleone's goal to end the LRA.

Lots of articles in Uganda Online about Jose Chameleone.

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