Kony 2012.

If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you’ve probably heard something about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and Central Africa.  If not, you can learn about him in the thirty minute video below.  In short, Kony is known as being one of the worst war criminals, capturing young children and turning them into sex slaves and child soldiers, for no purpose other than to gain more personal power.  

The video was put together by the social action group Invisible Children in hopes of making Kony famous, so that the world will understand what is happening to the children in Central Africa, and in turn, make the government notice and take action.  While it’s already received a bit of criticism, my hope is that the intentions of those behind it are pure.  In a world where heroes intentions come into question almost over night, take Greg Mortenson for example, I always have a hard time believing what I hear.  But, after watching the video, I have hope that this is a reputable company with the best intentions in mind.  I did sign the petition, however, I have decided not to donate money until I learn more about where it will be spent, and I urge you to do the same.  

All in all, I feel obligated to spread the message because this is an issue that has been close to my heart for many years.  Human Rights are something that are often compromised so that others may benefit, and I try to teach my students how important it is to use our voices because we have them and so many people around the world don’t.  So, here’s me using my voice to spread the word to you.  I hope you use yours too: Kony 2012.



3 thoughts on “Kony 2012.

  1. I appreciated that you are having questions about this – which I think is important for our generation. To be able to ask these questions and be a conscious supporter of so many organizations and issues that are going on in the world. I wrote a similar opinion piece I thought you might be interested in reading about :http://naeunpark.tumblr.com/post/18914224060/my-conflicting-thoughts-on-kony2012-solution-is
    I think Invisible Children have clearly stated their intentions for money – and that is mostly filmmaking, advocating and lobbying (which they can’t do without funding).

    • Thanks for sharing your post – I loved it! It’s so true what you say about non-profits, they use the money to support their organization, which is definitely necessary. I think what’s important here is raising awareness for issues, and IC does a great job of making people care about the issues at hand. Many of my students came to me today asking if we could do something. While I don’t believe we will raise money, I think we may encourage students be informed of the issues going on around the world, such as this one.

      I love on your post when you said, “There’s also a bigger issue of what will happen afterwards. No one’s really thinking about the aftermath.” I completely agree with you. The most important part is restoring and rebuilding the lives of these children after the fact.

      • Thanks so much! I appreciate that. I always get a little scared when posting an opinion piece like that. haha!

        I felt like many people were either jumping along with the campaign or criticizing it based on trend – not really doing the research or thinking about it. Which is why I think it’s so important for us to question things before we agree to support a cause or an idea. It’s important to find something that aligns with your personal morals or values. I personally have been supporting IC by helping them spread the word and get the publicity this issue needs but have never funded. I wouldn’t mind buying a few items like T-shirts for my personal use but otherwise, I’ll probably hold off on donations until real solutions come up. Publicity wise, they’ve been doing great. I joined in 2008 but this year, the word of mouth is insane!
        I hear that they do have schools and facilities for the child soldiers but I believe their focus at the moment is getting the ‘power house’ send help to capture Kony.

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