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24 October, 2011

Young LRA Survivor Makes Direct Appeal to Rush Limbaugh


22 year old Evelyn Apoko, a survivor of years of captivity by the Lord's Resistance Army, makes an emotional and compelling direct video appeal to media professional Rush Limbaugh, who recently questioned US military support in apprehending the LRA. In her direct and moving appeal, she asks him to rethink his views on the LRA and to join the fight against the brutal rebel group's long-running reign of terror.

When she was just a little girl, Evelyn Apoko was abducted in the middle of the night by a brutal rebel group in Uganda that calls themselves The Lord's Resistance Army. Left unchecked by the world community for decades, the group - which is also known as the LRA - has abducted thousands of children to serve as soldiers, porters and sex slaves. After years in captivity, Evelyn was badly wounded and faced the terrible choice of attempting a near-impossible escape or certain death at the hands of the rebels who were repelled by her horrific injuries. Miraculously, Evelyn escaped and made it to a rehab center and hospital, where she came to the attention of Strongheart, a non-profit residential healing and leadership program for exceptional young people from extreme circumstances across the world - including former child slaves, rebel-abducted young people, refugees, and other survivors.

She is a now Fellow in the Strongheart Fellowship Program, whose comprehensive curriculum includes subjects such as trauma recovery, interpersonal neurobiology, advocacy, entreprenuership, and intercultural awareness.

"An extraordinary example of courage and an icon of resilience, Evelyn has undertaken the long journey of healing mind, body, and spirit with strength, grace, and determination," said Cori Shepherd Stern, the co-founder of Strongheart who first met Evelyn after her escape.

Strongheart, along with the organization Children's Medical Missions West, worked to bring Evelyn to the US for medical treatment. She eventually underwent seven different surgeries for her severe facial injuries.

Recently, President Obama authorized a small group of 100 US military advisors to work with local African armies on strategies to apprehend the LRA and end their long reign of terror. When Evelyn heard that prominent US media professional Rush Limbaugh misguidedly criticized this action, she was moved to make a direct appeal to him to rethink his statements and take up the cause of the young people caught in this horrific conflict. Her moving video is available below.

In the video, Evelyn wears a NAME CAMPAIGN necklace, inscribed with the name of another child abducted by the LRA - in remembrance of the beautiful young lives lost and the estimated 300,000 other children currently abducted by rebel and government armies in violent conflict world-wide. Each NAME CAMPAIGN necklace bears the name of an abducted child. The NAME CAMPAIGN is a project under Strongheart and Evelyn has taken up the role of spokesperson. 100% of the profits from the sales of each necklace go to medical, education, safe housing, and living expense needs of young people from conflict or post-conflict situations.

Now 22 years old, Evelyn is still undergoing medical care to repair the damage done to her during her time as an abducted child with the LRA. Her latest surgery was documented for the television series "FACING TRAUMA", which will air this fall on both OWN and Discovery Health. Her own career goal is to become a documentary filmmaker and to tell the stories of other young people caught in conflicts across the world.

The Strongheart Fellowship Program is a groundbreaking healing and learning guidance program designed to help bright, resilient young people from extremely challenging circumstances around the globe develop into compassionate, innovative problem-solvers, influencers, and advocates that can affect significant social change.

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The Strongheart Fellowship Program is a groundbreaking healing and learning guidance program designed to help bright, resilient young people from extremely challenging circumstances around the globe develop into compassionate, innovative problem-solvers and leaders that can affect significant social change.