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The group’s website prominently displays the faces of 20 celebrities _ from Warren Buffett and Bill O’Reilly to Tim Tebow and Stephen Colbert _ asking viewers to click on them to send a message urging support. It also shows 12 politicians from across the ideological spectrum.

In the video, Russell tells of meeting a Ugandan boy named Jacob who watched LRA fighters kill his brother. The American promises the African child he will do whatever he can to help. Nearly a decade later, Jacob is part of Invisible Children’s campaign to bring awareness of the atrocities to college campuses in America.

The film opens with Gavin’s birth, and Russell’s message that in today’s interconnected world, “where you live should not determine whether you live.” If Gavin, born in American, can have a happy upbringing, Jacob should too.

“At the end of my life I want to say that the world we left behind is one Gavin can be proud of, one that doesn’t allow Joseph Konys and child soldiers,” Russell says. “A place where children no matter where they live, have a childhood free from fear.”

Gavin shakes his blond hair and says: “I’m going to be like you dad. I’m going to come with you to Africa.”


Straziuso reported from Nairobi, Kenya. Associated Press reporters Elliot Spagat contributed from San Diego and Mike Corder from The Hague.


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