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Sept 24: LRA film screening in Georgetown

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Please join two GRG board members at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy on September 24, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m at The Mortara Center for International Studies (3600 N. Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007). for a one-time viewing of the documentary My Star in the Sky (Lakalatwe in the Acholi language), co-directed by GRG board member Mick Mulroy.

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Featuring:

Mr. Michael ‘Mick’ Mulroy

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East

US Department of Defense

 

Mr. Sasha Lezhnev

Founding Director, Grassroots Reconciliation Group;

Deputy Director of Policy

Enough Project

 

Moderated by:

Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine 

Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

 

The film depicts a story of survival, friendship, and love between two child soldiers abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) during the conflict between Uganda and Sudan.

 

The United States became involved in efforts to combat the LRA in 2008, and in 2010 President Barack Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act to end the insurgency and bring its leader, Joseph Kony, to justice via the standing of the International Criminal Court.

 

During the operations that followed, two members of the US special operations community became friends with Anthony Opoka, one of the child soldiers that managed to escape from the LRA and joined the Ugandan Army. The two friends thought that Anthony’s story was too inspirational to not be told.

 

The film will be followed by a discussion with Michael “Mick” Mulroy, the film’s writer and director, and Sasha Lezhnev of the Enough Project, a non-profit to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, which helps reintegrate former LRA child soldiers back into their communities.

 

This event will be on-the-record and open to the media.

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