What to Make of Kony 2012

The next twenty nine minutes are an experiment, but in order for it to work you have to pay attention …. that’s the start of a short film you can watch below created for Invisible Children charity by Jason Russell.

The intent of the film is to draw awareness to Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and to make him well known internationally which will hopefully lead to his arrest. So far 75 million have viewed the film via YouTube and events are to culminate on April 20th when people will awake to posters of Kony everywhere.

The basis of the film is that Joseph Kony kidnapped and coerced young male children to serve in his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in parts of Africa and those that chose not to were rounded up and killed. Kony is accused by the International Criminal Court of rape, mutilation and murder of civilians.

The film also features Jacob a young Ugandan male whose heart wrenching account of being witness to his brother’s killing makes you want to cry not to mention the fact that he too wishes he were dead.

My initial reaction after viewing the film was what can I do to help, give money, perhaps I could post a blog that would provide even more awareness ….. not so fast ! Reports say that people in Uganda believe the initiative is a good one, but that it should have come years ago (fighting has been going on there since 1988). The Ugandan government says its people want to rebuild their lives and live in peace now because Kony was driven out of their country in 2008 and may even be dead.

Regarding the possible financial contribution I was considering, a little less than thirty cents out of every dollar contributed to Invisible Children is going toward the actual cause, the rest to staff compensation, travel expenses, more film making and the like. Hardly seems worth making a donation.

So in the end will I end up doing nothing at all ? I hope not. I guess what bothers me the most is if the United Nations whose primary aims are social progress, human rights and world peace can’t mobilize the international community to action when the worlds children are being subjected to this type of treatment then haven’t they outgrown their usefulness ?

1 thought on “What to Make of Kony 2012

  1. I watched the film over the weekend too. The thing that attracted me was the thought that as individuals we can effect change, that it is possible to end war a little bit at a time.

    I too was concerned about the financials until I compared it with our own business financials and realized good work has overhead and what is leftover is profit or, in their case, funding for programs in Uganda. One third of the budget to Uganda seems like a fair slice of the pie. I’d be thrilled with a 30% profit every year!


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