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Kony needs to be brought to justice. As I'm sure you are all becoming aware of while this video travels the viral circuit.

I'd like to share some observations of mine...
The first being: spending the resources to bring Kony to justice shouldn't be a priority. Why?
Because, in the grand scheme of things, he's just one person. And while one person can commit extremely heinous atrocities and crimes against humanity... There's a bigger picture to think about.
Besides, where do you suppose Kony gets all those weapons? Shouldn't something like that be the bigger priority?

Uganda isn't the pit of despair that it was when Kony was there. Yes, It's a nation recovering from a dark period, a struggling nation; but a nation that is trying to build itself. And that is what the real focus needs to be on --growth and development. That means education, economy, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable government.
That doesn't mean: Chasing some lunatic across a continent and perpetuating the belief that the Ugandans are forever victims.

An article worth reading regarding this subject.

I make an effort to maintain a certain level of skepticism in my life; it's both a blessing and a curse.
Personally, I am skeptical of large organizations that pump a lot of effort into the commercialization of their cause. These days, the concept of selling "awareness" seems particularly silly when things like twitter/facebook/etc. exist.
Awareness now costs practically nothing... And the flipside of that coin is: advertising can now cost practically nothing. With both in mind, it's easy to see how non-profits/501's become so... profitable (Invisible Children only spends 32% on direct services). (Komen would be my other example of an organization that distracts with awareness when it is action that is needed.)

Now, I'm not saying Invisible Children is a bad organization... Hearts are in the rights places and all. But frankly, they're focusing on the wrong details --while framing them in Western perspectives. Since when do Westerners have the authority to speak for the people/nations of Africa? Hint: Colonization doesn't count.
How about letting Ugandans speak for Ugandans? Novel concept.

Quite simply, I just don't think that they're worth giving your money to. I suggest finding a different charity/organization to give to if you're looking to donate. One where your dollar will go further than a t-shirt for yourself and the nebulous idea of "awareness".
Buy a goat instead. Or some ducks. Or maybe even a llama.
Give money to organizations that help people to provide for themselves --everybody wins.

Kony is evil... and he needs to be brought to justice.

But you know what's more important than that?

Raising the literacy rate.
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RaichelChu26 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Writer
Everything you say seems true, but I still am compelled to support their cause. If we're lucky, really lucky, maybe this will raise awareness for the other problems.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I suggest you investigate it more, before you commit yourself to supporting their cause. Be a detective.
After all... What reason is there to not do some extra research?

Twilight Sparkle would encourage you to do the homework.
RaichelChu26 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Writer
SeaShepherd97 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Eh. Why is it so hard for people to swallow their pride and just do something good without any strings attached? (Yet another reason I'm a proud Sea Shepherd supporter--100% of donations go straight to the cause.)
exiana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
personally, I think that if the US were to want to fix uganda of all of this, then we would have to turn around and start going after the war criminals we would have to had worked with in order to get Kony. If the current regime there knows that, and they find out we have been talked into "fixing" the place somehow, that would potentially put the advisers over there in a lot of danger.

if we want to use force to fix that place, then there are really two options from what I can tell, either we take place directly against uganda's current regime itself, or we start a resistance, train and fund it. only problem is, we already learned why not to make resistances to indirectly undermine opponents before. that's where about half of our enemies came from these days. What's more, most resistances over there tend to become like the LRA.

I agree, the use of force over there won't really solve anything. the ugandan military isn't the "good guys" by any measure, they are just the guys that slowed down on the evil a slight bit after gaining power.
exiana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
and I say uganda because I'm lazy and really mean the area affected by that whole mess as a whole. it's just that there would have to be backlash against the ugandan government itself as well.

basically, if we were to make ourselves responsible for "fixing" the place directly, we would have ourselves another vietnam on our hands.
KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Huh: [link]
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Great video. :thumbsup:
haleyspeers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for making this journal :) After speaking to you I did some research myself and discovered things similar to what you've touched upon, though I still do support Kony as I did before. Just now it's with a more open mind to what their real goal is.
hahasauce Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhh thank you! I must show this to my friend!!! She's absolutely crazy about this... she did realize that only 31% of the money was for children and the rest was for filming and whatever, but still. She did go a bit overboard in my opinion. I told her a lot of times that it was really bad that that was happening, but still! There are so many bad people in the world anyways.
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