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Video Game Hopes to Give Ugandan Victims Traces of Hope

The British Red Cross has created a video game to raise awareness for child victims of the conflict in Uganda. Last week, the UN called for the release of 90 children abducted from school by LRA army. Crimes against children have been a constant during the 20 year battle; but the Red Cross believes that its Internet game "Traces of Hope" will help shine the spotlight on the vulnerable.

Players aim to help Joseph, a boy whose home and family has been torn apart by rebels, find his missing mother. The game site says: "He has a satellite phone, you have the web – together you’ll make a great team. Time is running out; guide Joseph through sickness, fire and violence as together you follow his traces of hope."

By placing clues for the game around the Internet, the game creators hope to blur the boundary between the game and the real world conflict. Since atrocities in the region often go unnoticed, perhaps this educational entertainment will help some wake up.


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fk6981 fk6981 8 years
I think its a great way to get kids familiar with the it might not get thousands of kids becoming red-cross-workers but its fab for awareness...the internets such a useful tool nowadays I registered yesterday anyway, check out this video though...i think its a clue! oooo
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Hypo - is that you and your momma. She's pretty. I won't go there with your hair. :lol:
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i would have to agree that the likelihood of inspiring action from a game isn't the high, but the ability to raise awareness - that's something that's reasonable. especially for a generation that gets information online rather than from people.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
A-effing-men hypnoticmix.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think its to make people aware of the situation in Uganda and the Red Cross' efforts - the sentence 'to raise awareness for children...' probably should be 'about children'. I'd be curious to check out the game at home tonight. I found this quote from another site: "Dorothea Arndt, manager of new media at the British Red Cross, explained: "We've pulled out all the stops to create an experience where players will feel they are really interacting with Joseph's world – by communicating directly with Joseph, players find themselves caught up in a hunt across the internet to reunite him with his mother. "While it is involving and exciting, Traces of Hope also has a serious point; there are thousands of people like Joseph all around the world whose lives are shattered by conflict. But all around the world, wherever you find people like Joseph, you'll also find the Red Cross, reconnecting families and rebuilding lives."
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Isn't raising awareness helping the victims? I think this is fantastic. You know if helping the citizens of another country was a genuine motivation for war these are the type of conflicts we would find our military involved in where the only benefit is actual human life with out the peripheral benefits of natural resources and strategic geography involved.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont know how this is supposed to raise awareness, and if if does then what? the kids are going to tell ?????who???
stephley stephley 8 years
It would be interesting to introduce it to a class of middle or high schoolers, and see what they do with it and think of it.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Raise awareness, I believe.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I don't know but I registered to play.
stephley stephley 8 years
Is this to raise awareness or actually help victims? I'm confused...
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