by Michael dEstries
Categories: Music.

falloutboy.jpgWe’ve been profiling Fall Out Boy’s incredible commitment to help bring attention to Uganda’s homeless street soldiers for the past year now. Working together with the Invisible Children Charity, the group has camped out in cardboard boxes in LA and recently traveled to the streets of war-torn Uganda. It is in this setting that Fall Out Boy choose to record their latest music video; which focuses on two Ugandan teens who are trying to make love work in a time of war. From the article,

“‘What’s truly groundbreaking is the majority of the video is the story of two young African kids, and what’s great about it is that it’s gonna humanize these people,’ Invisible Children co-founder Bobby Bailey said. ‘I think it’ll connect to a lot of people. From the moment we arrived here, the kids here were telling us, ‘Please tell our story. And especially let America know about our story because they have a voice in the world, and they can help end this thing.

The plan is to show that and then emphasize the idea that if we sent one senior policy adviser from the U.S. [to Uganda] that there’s greater potential to end the war [now] than ever — but for whatever reason, we’re just not committed to do that,’ bassist Pete Wentz added. ‘Everyone’s been focusing so much attention on our band lately — and so many times, it’s the wrong kind of attention — [but] it’s all right if the cameras follow us to Africa.’”

Good work. Incredible to see a band going out of their way to actually travel to the place they’re attempting to help. An amazing effort to bring awareness. Check out the video below or hit the jump for more.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Kathryn Johnston

    It takes the breathe right out of you when you learn about Invisible Children. What Fall Out Boy is doing is so great, it makes me upset that our president and congress or who every is in charge is turning a blind eye to these people. Maybe we can learn a lesson. Support the cause, help a child.

  • Amy

    I think it’s so great of Fall Out Boy to help these children. It’s not often that you see celebrities who are that dedicated to the causes they represent. Not only are they INCREDIBLY talented musicians, they are also good people. Patrick, Pete, Joe, Andy: Good work guys, I love you!

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  • Mandi

    yay! go FOB <3 thats amazing that they helped =) and such a good thing – they are a popular band, so more people will listen and the word about Uganda will get aound faster so more people can be aware of the crisis