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.