Kony 2012

I presume most of you have seen the documentary on Joseph Kony by the Invisible Children.  If not, here it is:

 

It is well worth your time to watch.  An amazing doco about a truly horrific man, allowed to get away with unthinkable war crimes for 20 years, simply because no one knows who he is.  There is no outside intervention in Uganda because it’s in no one’s interests to invade and capture Kony.  However, thankfully as of December 2011 America is trying to capture him.  And no, they have not succeeded.  It seems he is no longer in Uganda (and hasn’t been for about 6 years), and is fleeing to evade capture.

This is a wonderful campaign designed to protect the most vulnerable in our world, and it is right for us to care and to act.  We MUST care about children being kidnapped and turned into soldiers and sex slaves.  If we don’t, what are we doing?  And what is our excuse?  Our humanity is lost.

 

However…

Whilst I think this is a brilliant campaign and well worth dedicating our time and money to, there are serious issues associated with the organisation who produced this doco.

Firstly it seems that they only spend 31% of their money on aid, but worse than that is the fact that they use some of their money to fund militia activities.  Sure it’s to combat those evil groups who are exploiting and harming everyone in their path, but is that really the answer?  Fight fire with fire?  The famous quote goes:

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Ghandi

AND, some groups the Invisible Children have given money to have been implicated in rape and murder chargers.  I have serious issues with this, as should everyone who gives them money.

So yes, get involved in the campaign, but perhaps don’t give your money to these guys.  There are better ways to make a difference.

But make up your own mind.  HERE is an article about the Invisible Children where I got my information.  And that’s not the only place to find those criticisms.

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One Reply to “Kony 2012”

  1. You might want to double check what that percentage means. I had a look at the financial report in their website and while it is true that only around 30% goes to aid, close to 60% also goes to all the awareness campaigns that they run, like the bracelets they produce and such. Considering that they are primarily an awareness group, I’d argue their use of funding is about right, with just over 10% spent on admin.

    While I’m not convinced that mounting a military campaign is a great solution, you can’t argue how effective this whole thing has been at making the western world aware of the atrocities that occur in Africa and that can only be a good thing.

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