Oh, this is the LRA shit again? If anybody's interested, there's some ex-hells-angels redneck running around there trying to kill Kony, who is apparently a slightly more popular missionary.
Hey, religion had to come up with this. How do you think this piece of shit has a) justified this to the populations there (to the extent that he has enough popular support to remain at large despite being hunted by various governments and 'freelancers', like the redneck mentioned above), justified it to himself (assuming he isn't simply a psychopath), and c) been able to brush aside the list of those dead in his name so easily in both cases?
I finally got a chance to compose my thoughts on Kony 2012. I posted this on Facebook this morning, but I thought I'd post it here as well. It's a wall of text. Consider yourselves warned.
About a week ago, videos about Kony 2012 began popping up on my newsfeed. I have yet to thoroughly respond to this fad, so I would like to do so now. Letís start with the word I used to describe this- a fad. It is my belief that many of those that shared the video donít fully understand the issue, but reacted emotionally to a story that draws many of our sympathies. When children are being brutalized, it is hard not to sympathize. Further adding to my belief of lack of education on the issue, I see many people joining Facebook events to start a movement to capture Kony. In my views, this shows an emotional need to play hero without considering the long-term consequences for military intervention. This is very similar in action to sharing photos of children with cancer to help pay for their treatments. Yes, itís moving. However, does it really get anything done? Will you, my Facebook friend reading this post, be just as committed and passionate about this cause a month from now? A year from now? I doubt that many of you will be just as passionate and committed, and that Kony will all but disappear from our newsfeeds in a month, due to apathy not his lack of relevance (ie., arrest or death).
There is not a doubt in my mind that Kony deserves arrest and far worse. While Kony is a major part of the problem, there are numerous other issues to consider. The first are the children that need to be rescued. Government statistics show that 30% of children that are abused or neglected go on to continue the cycle of domestic abuse (cite: http://www.childhelp...#abuse-conseq). These children will also have to deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. Are we prepared to supply the psychiatric specialists to help these children deal with these issues? What about reuniting the children with the families and placing the orphans into foster and adoptive care? There are significant logistical issues to deal with on the emotional front, the children, alone.
This brings me to another point- how to allocate your donation funds to best help these children affected by the LRA. Invisible Children focuses on one issue- raising awareness. While this is definitely important, so are the support services required for these children. Enable these charities, like the Red Cross, to help these children. And only 31% of their budget goes towards African programs by their own admissions (cite: c2052482.r82.cf0.rackcdn.com/images/737/original/FY11-Audited Financial Statements.pdf?1320205055). The majority of their money is spent in America on administrative and travel expenses, not any of the critical support services to help the children.
Next, letís address the situation in which Kony is arrested or killed. Many of his lieutenants are still alive, and will likely vie for power within the LRA structure. This will involve more children still, and the continued efforts of cleaning up the remnants. These lieutenants may also be more violent towards neighboring towns in Africa. Consider this backlash and the power vacuum left by Konyís death.
Another point I want to make is that abducting children and forcing them into war or slavery is a part of the African culture dating back to before the Age of Exploration and the triangle trade routes. If we tackle the issue of Kony and the LRA, why arenít we allocating resources to tackle the other warlords abducting children as well? Obviously, we can only do but so much. However, it is easy to foresee a massive military and resource commitment to Africa. Remember that the war on terror costs billions of dollars per day in a region dwarfed in size when compared to Africa. What would it cost to place military advisers and provide resources to Africa? What would it cost to provide combatant military support in Africa? Just like Europe could not sustain colonization of Africa over the long haul, America cannot support what amounts to modernizing significant portions of the African culture. I argue as well that it isnít our place to do so through the use of direct military intervention. Instead, we should provide through charitable and standard government humanitarian aid the support to the charities that strive to educate, feed, protect, clothe, shelter, and care for those in needy situations in Africa.
Bringing this back to Kony, I donít fully support arresting Kony as Kony 2012 is proposing. I do support enabling the African governments to systematically neutralize the threat of the LRA through the following: arresting the LRA leadership; providing humanitarian and psychiatric support to the victims of the LRA (ie., the children soldiers); providing support to help the victims of the LRA (ie., the children soldiers) to help them integrate back into society over the long term.
I know some of you probably have already heard about this, but a lot of people haven't.
What is going on in Africa is heart-breaking and needs to be stopped. It tears me apart to see this happening in this world.
I feel compelled to spread the word in a hope that through more and more people knowing about this absurd tragedy, that this will eventually come to an end. I cannot force you to watch this video, but it is 29 minutes that are well worth it. The more people that know about this terrible happening, the more likely something is to be done about it.
I hope that this enlightens some of you. This needs to stop.
Kony 2012 Info
Joseph Kony, is right now and for the last 26 years one of the worst war criminals in the world. He is kidnapping young children, right now over 30,000, making the girls sex slaves and boys young soldiers. They are forced to murder their own parents and he is forcing to mutilate people. A young boy who was kidnapped by Kony spoke about what he felt in the video. He talked about his brother who died and started crying, his brother was trying to escape and got killed. Jacob, the boy kidnapped by Kony, said he would rather die then stay alive. Their are so many other people like Jacob who hide in fear and are forced to kill people. Being abducted, given a gun and following horrible orders. For the past 26 years no one has cared about what he has been doing. It took more than nine years just to let this project take action. The government is trying to find him and arrest him, but once they 'figure' its not important they will stop!
You guys are retarded... that organization is under a few criminal charges..of fraud. They are trying to make money off this. Yes, it's true and sad that this happens in Africa...but the people presenting this to us on facebook and you tube etc... are in it for the money!!! they use 4 hooks...and follow the social engineering concepts.
To make you feel guilty that your not helping the cause...and bam your their spending money for a box of stickers to promote this none profit organization so others can go out and buy the same box!!!!
LMAO!!!! seems like a few here on DIC actually going to fall for their BS.
It's good to see more people catching on to the truth. Don't you think it's scary though how easy people in our age group (12-20) are manipulated on an emotional level? Still don't understand the whole manipulation thing?
Hook 1) The video starts with social media as the centre of attention, this is exactly what our age group is into right now.
Hook 2) "The next 27 minutes are an experiment, but in order for it to work you have to pay attention." - Anyone else see the blindingly obvious here?
Hook 3) We see new life, Gavin. He is the 'fresh eyes' or the unbiased POV that we will listen to as if he is god. The video uses him to re-enforce the information presented to us. We think it's cute, it sticks in our mind.
Hook 4) The kid they 'save' from Uganda, Jacob: He is the pivotal point in this video, the insider. We trust his word because he is from there, he witnessed the monstrosities that happened to his brother.
The wrap-up) "We live in a facebook world, where 750 million people share ideas." What did you just witness? You feel compelled to share it. They go back to Hook 1, sealing the deal with what us teens do best: Using social networking (the internet).
If we can be manipulated into wanting to kill one bad guy that generally no one had ever heard about in their life, when there are countless more 'famous' bad guys roaming. Imagine what someone could do if they abused this form of manipulation? Scary isn't it.
Just so you guys know, I whole-heartedly believe that Joseph Kony is a monster but I do not support the "Invisible Children" organisation. If you want to do good for these people, consider Amnesty International.
I found that the Invisible Children organisation refuses to be publicly audited of their financial activities and only 32% of their funds go to actual charitable causes not to mention their allegations of fraud. That is only $4,404,857.60 out of $13,765,180 where does the rest go? Jason Russell (the guy in the video) earns $89,669py, Ben Keesey (CEO) earns $88,241, Laren Poole (Co-Founder) earns $84,377 not to mention the organisation has paid for almost everything they own. (Based off stats from 2011)
By supporting this organisation, you would be supporting direct military intervention. Yep, that's a great idea but let's ignore the past several decades of US military intervention and send the military to fight a small terrorist group in a jungle. OH WAIT.
What's worse? The LRA has not been active in Northern Uganda since 2006, by creating awareness for Uganda, it would be like supporting Mexico to kill or capture a drug cartel leader yet he lives in Antarctica. It just wouldn't work. (random anecdote, I know)
"The video itself is a good piece of emotional porn but that's about it.": It's meant to exploit your emotions on a level that we don't often see, this is why it has gained such momentum in the past few days. You people need to realise that things are not always as they seem, we are watching a video about a person [Kony] exploiting children when the video itself is exploiting us. Ironic, isn't it.
the visible problem with invisible children
EDIT ON MARCH 7, 2012: This post was originally written in 2006. As you read and comment, please consider that it has been over 5 years since I wrote my thoughts here. I personally still have t...