Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KONY 2012

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

 I first heard about Invisible Children at JFK High School. The High School has had programs by this group, raising their student's awareness of issues affecting youth in other parts of the world.

 It's time for the whole world to learn what is going on. BUT... don't forget... there is always more than one side to any story. Here is the movie from Invisible Children, that everyone is talking about.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN... Huffington Post ran a very interesting article, suggesting that people shouldn't assume that the situation is as easily understood as the movie makes it seem.

In the article, the author Michael Deibert agrees that Kony is "a grotesque war criminal, to be sure." But he also sums up his article with a caution: "I have seen the well-meaning foreigners do plenty of damage before, so that is why people understanding the context and the history of the region is important before they blunder blindly forward to "help" a people they don't understand."

That seems like a very good idea. So... my suggestion? Awareness and education. BEFORE you decide to send your money, or the USA decides to get involved in any serious long term war. 

What do YOU think? Let me know in the comments below.

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