Twitter and Tumblr are amazing sources. Last week I learned about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. I read that he had been kidnapping children in Uganda, while murdering their families, and building up an army of them in order to purify the country. Kony’s goal is transform Uganda to be ruled by theocracy, or Christianity. Kony has been wanted since 1986, and has regained popularity this year because of the campaign group called Invisible Children.
The documentary released by this group has obtained large-scale support and has raised awareness on the issue. But there are conflicted views on the issue and controversy stirring around the campaign group itself. Is Invisible Children really donating the money it receives to the children in need? Or is it being retained by the Ugandan government?
The people who I’ve talked to seem to think that the campaign group is not completely dedicated to its objective of helping the children of Uganda. Many are saying that it is a form of propaganda and is only showing the negatives of the Ugandan situation.
Although there are already internet memes joking about the Kony situation, I love that my generation feels so strongly about this issue. I also admire how many people are able to look at this from an analytical perspective and not just accept what has been documented in the video.