In three days a video on YouTube has reached over 40 million views, and has been shared on almost every social network out there. The title is KONY 2012, if you have not seen it remove the rock from above your head and then take the 30 minutes and watch it. Unfortunately though, what the video is calling for is not enough!
The charity Invisible Children is rapidly rallying support to make Joseph Kony famous and demanding his arrest so that he can be put on trial for all the terrible things that he has done. I agree that this needs to be done and the sooner the better, but that is not enough.
The country of Uganda is a fairly peaceful state, in two weeks I will be in Uganda and trust me the organization I am travelling with would not allow us to go if it was unsafe. What the country of Uganda needs is support to help them rebuild, getting rid of Joseph Kony is not going to solve all the problems facing Uganda. I urge you to support an organization that is effectively working to rebuild Uganda.
Invisible Children has received a lot of backlash about the financials and transparency, and they just released their official response and if you do not feel comfortable supporting them that is fine, but please support an organization that is making positive change in the lives of the Ugandan people like: Compassion or Child Soldiers International.
Don’t let this activism be a passing fad, make a lasting change!
What were your thoughts after watching the KONY 2012 video?
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