How can genocide still happen in today’s digital age?

With all our technological advancements it seems that our world has shrunk. We are a global community. And yet, sometimes we find that there are still dark corners where terrifying events are taking place on a mass scale. _58952702_afp3
My third short story will be coming out in a little under two weeks. It is called Chasing Ghosts with Arrow Boys. First, let me say this was one of the hardest stories I have ever written. It is based on the true and horrific events that are currently taking place in South Sudan. This innocent teenage girl had her lips, nose and ears cut off by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a terrorist organization operating in South Sudan, while the world turned a blind eye. The question my story explores is how can murder, rape, and kidnapping on a mass scale go largely unnoticed in today’s society? What makes some stories more present  than others? What can we do as a global community to shed light on this atrocity?

Chasing Ghosts with Arrow Boys follows an American photojournalist as she journeys through South Sudan to uncover the real life horrors that are happening daily. Armed with just a camera, Jessica’s mission is to capture Joseph Kony, leader of The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and a man personally responsible for the murder and displacement of over 2 million people.

Kony is a ghost evading justice as he moves swiftly through the Bush, a jungle the size of California located along the border of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From the safety of this vast tangle of trees and rivers that coil like intestines, he orchestrates attacks on local unarmed villages, pillaging homes and abducting children to serve in his LRA. If Jessica is to expose the truth, she knows she must scour the Bush with a group of farmers, husbands, brothers, and sons who, armed with just bows and arrows, vow to defend their homes and loved ones from Kony. But as Jessica chases ghosts with Arrow Boys she soon finds that she cannot hide from her own haunted past…

For those of you who are unfamiliar, as I once was, with the atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army you can read about them here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17299084. 
I’d also recommend watching the HBO documentary Witness South Sudan.

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Hey everyone!

I know it has been a while, but I hope everyone is doing well. Tonight, I just want to welcome Leah Runyon to the crew. Leah is an awesome photographer. So don’t wait to check out her profile and newly uploaded photos (Just click on Profile: Leah R. to view) Really cool stuff. I’ve posted one here for you to get a taste.

Leah

How To Submit Work….

Hi everyone,

Many people have been asking how they can submit their own creative work to the blog. First, let me say that I am very happy to hear how enthusiastic people have been about the blog!

If you are interested in submitting ANY creative product (a short story, poetry, pictures, a video piece, an audio piece, etc.) that uses one of these platforms as a means of creatively exploring what it means to be human in an increasingly technological/digital age, PLEASE submit your work via email to akelsen@eden.rutgers.edu. Again, all creative work will be reviewed and, if accepted, wil be displayed within the author’s own work space on the blog.

Additionally, please encourage your friends to join the blog: They can simply follow the blog by providing their email address in the Follow box and hitting the Follow button. They will instantly receive a confirmation email; they just hit the blue confirm button and they are following (SOUNDS COMPLICATED BUT IT IS REALLY SIMPLE). Or they can submit their own work as well.

All work will be on display at the Honors Symposium and viewed by the Rutgers Deans/Honors Department in May 2013.

Thank you all for your help and support!

If you have any questions or concerns contact us at akelsen@eden.rutgers.edu.

Roxy Harrison Is HERE

Hi everyone,

I am very excited to announce that Roxy Harrison has joined in the exploration. Roxy is a tremendously talented poet and her debut poem is titled Hardwire. Check it out tonight! I’ve read it nearly 15 times and it’s really powerful. And don’t forget to comment…

FIRST STORY IS HERE

Hi everyone,

Hope you are ready to explore together….The first story is finally here. It’s called THE STRING OF PEARLS. I hope you enjoy it. Constructive criticism is much appreciated so please feel free to comment.

Remember: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE explore with us and submit your creative work today!

Hello world!

Welcome to my creative workshop where I will be exploring what “intelligence” means in the digital age. More specifically, I am trying to understand who we are and who we are becoming as we push deeper into the 21st century.

My chosen craft for exploration will be  short stories, but I encourage you to submit creative materials in whatever medium you prefer. I only ask that your work be relevant to the topic described above.

I will personally review all submissions and determine whether the creative work merits a place in the gallery. I look forward to seeing your work on display!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE EXPLORE WITH US!! I think the journey will be an exciting one.