Over the last few weeks I have seen many links and posts highlighting the “Kony 2012” video. I was at first surprised, as far as I had read, Joseph Kony hasn’t been in Uganda since 2006.
It is true that Joseph Kony is the leader of the “Lord’s Resistance Army” it is also true that he is a very evil man, who spearheaded the killing, torture, rape and abduction of children from Northern Uganda, to use as soldiers and slaves in the LRA. It is also true that he still uses children as slaves and soldiers.
Where the video is very misleading, is the fact that Kony has not been in Uganda in the last six years, and that he and the LRA are not as powerful as they once were. Are they still a threat to the lives of others? yes, but children for the most part, are no longer Night Walkers. Night_Walkers The life of these children is still horrific, but not in the way being portrayed in the “Kony 2012” video.
Which brings me to “Invisible Children” the organization behind the video, who would like you to open your purses and wallets. I am always very careful as to where my donations go. I want my money to be used, as far as it is possible, for those who need it most.
”Invisible Children” caught my attention, in the first place because I knew the story regarding Joseph Kony. When I looked further I saw that only about a third of the money donated goes to those who need it most! Financial Red flag for me.
I can’t answer to why this organization, at this time, has such a slick video asking for your money to find Kony. I have no idea what they think they can do to find him, when the USA already has 100 advisors, helping the Ugandan Military. From what I have read, finding Kony has not, and will not, be easy. I very much doubt “Invisible Children” can make a difference in determining that outcome, that would appear to be a very complex issue. I question the making of this video, at this time.
Having said the above, I do want to be clear that Joseph Kony is a very evil man, one who has caused unbearable suffering to countless children, some who with his capture, could possibly return home to their families. I just can’t see a way that that outcome can be achieved by donating to “Invisible Children” at this time.
Below are a few links I have found, which might help in understanding the situation.