Tuesday, March 6, 2012

STOP KONY 2012


Who is Joseph Kony? (Taken from Invisible Children Web-site)

Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony claimed to be a distant cousin of Alice Lakwena’s and the natural successor to lead the Holy Spirit Movement. Soon after Joseph Kony assumed management of the group, he changed the name to the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA.  Joseph Kony wasn’t able to maintain the group's number or regional support, so he started stealing food and abducting children to fill the ranks of his army. Subsequently, he lost any remaining regional support. What had started out as a rebel movement to end the oppression of the north became an oppression of the north in itself.
Joseph Kony’s tactics were—and remain—brutal. He often forced children to kill their parents or siblings with machetes or blunt tools. He abducted girls to be sex slaves for his officers. He brainwashed and indoctrinated the children with his lies and manipulated them with his claim of spiritual powers. 
At the height of the conflict in Uganda, children “night commuted.” That is, every evening they would walk miles from their homes to the city cen
ters. There, hundreds of children would sleep in school houses, churches, or bus depots to avoid abduction by the LRA.
Kony and the LRA abducted more than 30,000 children in northern Uganda.


Why are we making him famous?
Because we want the world to know about Joseph Kony's heinous acts against innocent children in Uganda and the suffering he has perpetuated against children, women, and men. 

How will we come together to make him famous? 
On April 20, 2012 people in cities around the world will meet at sundown and cover their city with Joseph Kony posters and stickers to raise awareness of who this man is and what we have to do to stop him, even arrest him! 

Why am I doing this? 
Since 2004 I have supported Invisible Children-an organization whose sole purpose is to eradicate the abduction and use of child soldiers in Uganda. I have long desired to travel to Uganda to DO SOMETHING! Now I've got my chance. Wherever you are, I invite you to join me! 

Watch this video for more information. It is 30 minutes long but worth the time. 


The opposing view. 
I can't call myself a writer if I don't present subjects with objectivity. This is a blog post that expresses the reasons for opposing the Stop Kony 2012 campaign. 
We got trouble-Visible Children

Invisible Children's response to the critiques:
To read article, click here.