Yesterday we posted an article about Kony2012, and we are very happy to see the response we got from it. One of our readers was adamant about us doing more research and finding out what is the truth behind this controversial group called "The Invisible Children."
After reading all of the morning headlines I have come to the same conclusion as I ever have about such a controversial topic, no one can be 100% right. I certainly do no support the LRA or Kony because the truth of the matter is that all the child abductions, rapes and murders did in fact occur and continue to occur. Kony is a real criminal and is listed on the ICC's most wanted list. In 1989 a 25 year old Kony took over the Alcholi people in order to defend them from crimes the Ugandan government were committing against the Alcholi. Soon enough Kony started committing the same crimes. My question is, why is it that this has been going on since 1989 and people are just starting to become aware of this?
I stand by the article I wrote "Bloggers Making Kony Famous," BUT I would change the title to Bloggers Talking About REAL issues. The whole purpose of the article was to make people see that we do have the power to raise awareness and get people to start talking about real issues. We live our lives talking about scandals and reality shows, but never about crimes against humanity. William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, talks about planners vs. searchers in his book "The White Man's Burden." Planners think they have the answer and plan to implement them. Searchers know they don't have all the answers but go looking for an organic solution to the problem. Maybe we have become a society of planners who think our way is the right way.
The bottom line is that neither us nor the afore mentioned reader have all of the facts. I certainly don't claim to know how to solve the world's problems. But I am of the opinion that we must at least raise awareness. Whether it is in Uganda, or China, or anywhere around the world, everyday there are millions of people who suffer from poverty, starvation, rape, mutilation, enslavement or worse.
As Albert Einstein said, "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."