There are two sides to every story, after all.
Here is the original Kony 2012 video. www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
If you haven't watched it yet, PLEASE do. Please take the time to really watch it, and try and empathise with these young people. Imagine if it were you, a sibling, a friend.... This man must be stopped.
Now, there have been criticisms not of the need to stop Kony, but of the Invisible Children organisation who have led this campaign. These criticisms primarily regard the organisations finances and military support. You can read these concerns here:
In the interests of fair representation, I today saw a response from the Invisible Children organisation, linked in a BBC article.
You can read their response to the criticisms here:
The Guardian, a news company in the UK, has done a good job in trying to cover all aspects of Kony and Invisible Children, both supportive and critical: www.guardian.co.uk/politics/re…
It's always best to see both sides of the story.
On the plus side, this was #4 most read on BBC News today (when I read it), which means the message is being heard. That, regardless of everything else, is a good thing.
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I still intend to take part on the 20th of April, just to spread the message, I intend not to buy anything from the invisible children organisation. However, I will donate some money to a more trustworthy charity, that helps the children move forward (building schools, etc).
It's a case of "Focus them on this one thing and get it sorted before moving onto something else, or they won't focus on anything at all".
It's why major charities tend to do one major fundraising drive a year instead of pushing for funding all year around.
Anyway, I got around to watching the video and was, quite honestly, horrified. I then read the separate sides of the story, and now don't know what to think. In my opinion, I think we should be doing something about Joseph Kony - even if we don't support Invisible Children. My views are echoed at the bottom of the second link - keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.
But seriously. This KONY thing. I'm going to stick this one out and wait til it blows over.
it is a good artical. thanks for linking it Kelly.
I want to stress that while I support stopping Kony, I'm not too sure about Invisible Children. Finding a plan to save these children will be the most difficult part, as they are the Soldiers that Kony will have defend him. I don't support sending troops to kill the Children we're trying to save, even if it is "for the greater good". He's kidnapped 30,000 children, in his army are a few hundred currently. I hope that we will find a solution, raising awareness is important, however, rushing into action will only be destructive and detrimental
----> I don't necessarily know that my opinion is the right one. I'd like to be able to help, but at the current time, I don't have the ideas nor the means necessary to do anything. I'm glad that so many people are in support of helping others, but I don't really know what the right course of action is.
This is always the kind of thing people get over-excited about without knowing everything.
There's always something kind od suspicious about these organisations. I'm glad some questions rose from all this and that it moved some sh*t around.
Better be well informed, right?
She actually ended up getting caught up in the middle of a group of people trying to protest when she was there, and apparently the way the government responded was terrible. To the point she had to hide in her car behind a building so she wasn't shot/didn't get rocks thrown through the window/wasn't effected by the tear gas.
Yeah, I personally love that we're able to make such a difference with this and I'm really hoping it'll bring a positive change, but she really brought up some interesting points that I thought I should share.
Sorry for such a long post, haha.
as for me i shall hold my view on the subject until i have full knowledge.
It is horrid what this man has done and all the lives he has ruined, My friends and I are doing presentations in school to the younger years on Kony 2012.
I'm glad you put both sides of the story, because if not some would just jump right onto the boat.
I know that it's not a scam, obviously Kony is bad and needs to be stopped. Invisible children is getting good and bag wraps about it. There are many organizations like that, working for a cause, and even they have bad things that the media has brought to our attention. Invisible children is bringing it to our attention, and whether they've done good or bad things in the time, it doesn't change the fact that the light has shone.
I myself and not one to get involved in politics, and i will honestly tell you that i had no idea who Kony was until the video. I am very happy to know though, that in my ignorance of not knowing, someone was fighting.
I believe that the government is trying, and i believe that everyone getting involved and showing support is beyond amazing. BUT....I don't think we need all those items to show our support, I think we can make those on our own and support with our own way. I can say this because many students on my campus have been already posting Kony posters that have been printed off on regular paper.
That is my opinion, and i thank you for bringing to my attention. I find you to be very strong for doing this.
The UN needs to stop being a peaceful organisation, it is time to make a world where people like the founders of Kony 2012 are not only heard, but investigated. If proved correct, like in this case, assemble an international military force and end it. I am not suggesting assassinations, I am suggesting policing, we have set up an organisation for inditing criminals but not catching them. It's like saying "I know that the fox is eating my chickens, when he walks into my house and into this nice cage I've made him, then justice will be done". You don't do that; you set up traps, you get dogs, you build fox proof enclosures for the chickens.
Anyway, that is my penny's worth.
Invisible Children shouldn't be supported. At all. They support the Ugandan Goverment Army, which can be just as shady as Kony himself.
And if you think nothing is being done:
Your comment was irrelevant and was nothing more than an attempt to incite someone to vocally disagree with you.
Continue your "broadcasting" elsewhere. You won't be doing it here.
This seems to be a problem people bring up with all charities all the time with how they spend the money raised. The people who give money don't always realise how much money goes into advertising the campaign. Every Easter I help raise money for Trocaire and I remember a few years ago people kicking up fuss about spending around a third of the money raised on advertising. But if it isn't advertised how will be know about it to give money to help?
Still, at the same time, I'm all for promoting the need to bring down Kony, but I won't be giving IC my money in the process.
The war in Uganda has been going on for almost 30 years, it is crazy that people are just starting to notice.
I know Kony and the LRA are trying to get rid of a corrupt government but kidnapping children and forcing them to fight and giving little girls to his commanding officers as "gifts" defeats any "good" he was trying to do.