Thursday, March 8, 2012
This 29-minute video is well worth your time. Even if you choose to not donate of your money (times are tough for all of us), at the very least donate a minute of your time and forward this video along to others.
The purpose of this video is simple: it is to bring the war crimes of Kony to public consciousness in the hopes that the outcry will provoke action to secure the man's arrest and trial by the ICC to be punished for crimes against humanity, including the sexual assault of young girls and forcing young boys into joining Kony's rogue army, viciously attacking villages and murdering thousands. Some of the boys have been forced to mutilate and murder their own families.
In recent days, there has been a backlash towards this organization (Invisible Children), accusing the organization of being a scam just to take your money; of conspiring with and helping the Ugandan government, which is no less oppressive than Kony himself; of pushing a violent agenda; of being ill-advised, patronizing and short-sighted; etc etc. Others are calling it nothing but an act of self-aggrandizement on the part of the man who made the video. All I can say to this is "no good deed goes unpunished."
Fortunately, Invisible Children has responded to these criticisms here. Read it for yourself. Personally, I am satisfied. They're legit, and they do good work.
Please help if you are able.