Invisible Children - Kony 2012 Campaign


This is one of the amazing pros of social media today - one charity comes up with one video and a plan and it goes viral within seconds. The plan is to make Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa, famous. Famous so that his despicable actions that have gone unnoticed for so long (murder, pillage, kidnapping of children to turn them into sex slaves and child soldiers), become a main media talking point. Public awareness = political aid = capture of Kony; or an equation along those lines.

I watched the video, and it's a little too smug at times for my liking, but to be honest, if it's going to start making people aware of what has been going on in Uganda for years I can bypass the smugness of it all. I don't agree that military intervention from the US is the only way to capture Kony, but in the end if there is going to be military intervention somewhere in the world I would rather that it be for a cause that makes sense (i.e. saving children), rather than oil. Watch the video, help the campaign by taking part in it (even by just sharing the video).

As with all charities that accept donations, if you want to give Invisible Children money, do your research beforehand to make sure you know who you are dealing with. I already donate to PlanUSA, UNHCR and Women For Women International, all charities that help children and women, so I think I will do my bit here by just reposting the video, and obviously posting it on my blog. Awareness is the most important part of this campaign, as more people talk, more Linkpeople will listen.

Just so you all know though... Not all charities have enough money to put such a slick campaign together. In the DRC millions of people have been the victims of rape and murder, even today when the war is supposed to be over. In Sudan people are still being murdered for not having the right ethnicity. There is still a war going on in Somalia and a terrible famine. In the Middle East, countries are blowing up from the inside (see Yemen and Syria for example). Hopefully this Kony 2012 campaign will open people's eyes to other terrible actions that are happening in this world. I'm still an idealist.

World Events & Active Ignorance

This week, amidst a million other things, the following events happened:

- Popular uprising/Revolution in Egypt: Al Jazeera live blog updates
- Sahra Bahrami, Iranian-Dutch citizen, sentenced to death in Iran for alleged drug smuggling was hanged: Iran Hangs Sahra Bahrami
- The Deputy Governor of Kandahar, Afghanistan was assassinated: Deputy Governor of Kandahar Killed
- Ugandan Gay Rights Activist, David Kato was beaten to death: David Kato Murdered

There is a world outside your bubble. If you don't feel like actively participating, at least try to KNOW about what is happening in the world today. The amount of blank stares and raised eyebrows I have encountered every time I brought up one of the above events this week makes me want to vomit.
I just wish people didn't try to actively be ignorant. It drives me insane.