I didn’t think I’d have to write a post to clarify my views, but apparently, I do.
So, Kony 2012. There has been a lot of criticism, and also a lot of support for it. Granted, many of the people supporting Kony 2012 don’t really know many facts about the situation in Uganda, so if any of you want to know, here it is:
“Joseph Kony is estimated to have abducted more than 20,000 children to fight as footsoldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.”
“How many innocents have suffered this fate is unknown – but the official estimate of 20,000 (victims) is almost a decade out of date. The real total may be two or three times higher.”
Quotes adapted from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/3535820/Profile-Joseph-Kony-leader-of-the-Lords-Resistance-Army.html
Do I support Kony 2012?
To a certain extent. I think, it’s great that people are at least trying to do something about it. Yes, not 100% of the amount of money collected will be directed to trying to capture Kony, but still, at least a large portion of it will. While the Kony 2012 video doesn’t offer many facts about the issue, and loads it with propaganda and biased opinions, it serves its purpose. Its purpose is not to inform, it is to ignite emotion. I personally think the video did a pretty good job of reminding/informing people that they can do something to help, regardless of how small the action is.
Am I worried about how the situation in Uganda will play out?
Definitely. I think having so many people fired up and ready to go, with Kony definitely aware of what is going on, is extremely dangerous for the people of Uganda. Still, this fear shouldn’t deter people from making the effort to stop him, and if the fear of aggravating the situation is what stops people from trying, then mankind is in trouble.
Should the US have military intervention?
I’m not sure. History has shown that the US has a bit of a problem leaving after going in. It’s important that politicians do something about it, and not just American politicians.