The Invisible Children: They Are Us & We Are Them
The power of Social Media! Everyone is talking about Kony 2012. I don’t like jumping on bandwagons but this video has angered me to no end. When the Ugandan Pastor in what has become notoriously known as the Eat The Poo Poo video was spewing and inciting hatred, did he not know about Joseph Kony? (Google is your tool.) Or was he just as ignorant as I was up until about an hour ago?
After watching the painful video above from the Invisible Children, I have come to the conclusion that we have a long way to go in our beloved continent before women and children become important stake holders in development, progress and even life in general. Why else would I have heard all about our disdain and hatred for homosexuals but NEVER heard about Joseph Kony? I am ashamed to admit it. I consider myself someone who is interested in African Affairs. But knew NOTHING about this. Why? Where are our priorities? This is a prime example of my reactions when Uganda's Kill The Gays campaign is brought up for debate. (Yet again Google is your tool.) This to me is a far more important issue but no. Humanity digresses. Us women have been muted by our political leaders for too long. They impose upon us what should be important to us. We need to wake up, take up arms and start fighting for ourselves and our children!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Invisible Children for making this a priority to them. They have no stake in Uganda. All they had was a hearty belief in children like Jacob. I admire and I'm inspired by their resolve and resilience. It took 8 years to be heard! 8 years to make history by getting the American government to involve themselves in a cause that was nothing to do with self defence and everything to do with what is RIGHT!
I have seen a few negative responses to the campaign. Some say he is being immortalised. I have to agree that I have a problem with “making him famous”. I think the word “notorious” would have had a different effect on the masses. However before I digress by analysing linguistics, I have to admit my ignorance and say that without this short film, I would never have heard about him; even though he is number one on the list of most wanted for international crimes to humanity, indicted in July 2005.
So how can we get involved?
If we take the pressure off, if we’re not successful, he is going to be growing his numbers. People forget and you have to remind them and it takes numbers to remind them and if interest wanes it’ll go away and I’d end up standing out there alone trying to do something to support completing the mission. It’s got to be 2012. ~ Jim Inhofe (Senior Senator – Republican)
This campaign serves to bring Kony’s atrocities to the attention of the world so that the American government will not withdraw the troops they deployed to help the Ugandan army find and capture Joseph Kony. We need to take him from obscurity to notoriety. This is the one time when TALKING and SPREADING THE WORD might be all we need to do. We are all talking about it now. Uganda is a trending topic on twitter. But it will most likely end up being a wind that will pass over for most of us. We can’t let that be.
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Submitted by: Pamilerin Beckley; non-conforming, retiring and recovering under-cover-over-lover... writing is my medicine. For me it cures everything!