The Voice Project

It began with Songs, Words und Music…

A peace movement is an incredible thing, people coming together, mobilizing like an army, and in this case armed not with guns but with songs and something more powerful than any bullet; compassion, the strength of human will, and determination.

For over two decades war has ravaged Northern Uganda. It is Africa’s longest running conflict and it has spread to Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo. Joseph Kony’s LRA has made abducting children and forcing them to fight his chief weapon of war, even making them kill their friends and family members. Many abductees and former soldiers escape but hide in the bush, afraid to return home because of reprisals for the atrocities they were forced to commit.

The women of Northern Uganda – widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics let the former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time in 24 years the region has a chance at real peace.

Das ist The Voice Project. Ein Projekt, um die Frauen und die Friedensbewegung in Uganda zu unterstützen. Künstler_innen wie Peter Gabriel, Lucinda Williams, Joe Purdy, Soko und Mike Mills nehmen zur Unterstützung Videos eines Covers auf. Die_der Originalkünstler_in covert ein weiteres Stück and so on. Heraus kommt eine überaus hörenwerte „Chain of Covers“. Und das Geld, das durch Spenden, Werbung und Sponsor_innen hereinkommt, geht wieder nach Uganda, wo es in mehrere Programme fließt.

Heraus kommt tolle Musik für einen guten Zweck. Unterstützenswert!

SoKo » Donovan from The Voice Project on Vimeo.


Das Licht der Welt erst 1991 erblickt und schon so bitter.

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