It is Time to Help the Invisible Children

By Alex Lombardo –

For the past 20 years one man has destroyed the lives of over 30,000 children and no one has noticed until now.

A video exposing Joseph Kony, a war criminal leading a group of rebels called the Lord’s Resistance Army(LRA) in the African nation Uganda, went viral in the first week it was uploaded. Kony kidnaps children and forces the boys to fight as soldiers for him and sells the girls as sex slaves.

With no supporters one should wonder how Kony has remained in control for so long. Kony fights only for power. He has no cause or wishes to reform.

He should be stopped and people in the United States should pressure the government to intervene.  It is our duty as human beings to watch out for each other.

His army is made up mostly of kidnapped children whom he forces to kill. Sometimes the children are forced to even murder their own parents.

This is wrong and is terribly immoral that it is happening and the rest of the world is standing by and, basically, doing nothing.

People complain about children working on computers in China.  In Uganda, children are forced to commit far worse crimes.

Kony is at the top of the wanted list by the International Criminal Court or ICC. The ICC is an institute set up to prosecute criminals for crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Joeseph Kony. Photo courtesy by Stuart Price

But worldwide awareness of Kony and his crimes has been relatively low and, as a result, not much has been done to stop him.

But in 2006 a group called the Invisible Children officially became a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Joseph Kony to justice.

On October 12, 2011 president Barrack Obama sent 100 troops to Uganda to assist local forces in the capture and removal of Joseph Kony.  Unfortunately, Kony is operating as before.

Alex Lombardo

The organization Invisible Children created and uploaded an informational video on March 5, 2012 and it has since gotten over 76 million views.

The video describes who Kony is and what he has done. It also goes over a plan for what the United States citizens need to do to help bring Kony to justice.

The goal of the video is to bring awareness about the LRA and to make Kony as infamous as possible. The more our citizens care, the more priority the government will give the campaign.  The idea is if the United States government sees that it really matters to its citizens then they will take more action towards seeing Kony captured.

People need to make donations or buy action kits to give support to the effort to stop Kony.   There is contact information on the site that allows people to contact government directly.  We should all do this.

On April 20 of this year there will be a movement stretching through the night to put up signs and posters so that when the rest of the country wakes up they will know what  all about. Everyone should come out and show their support for this incredible movement.

Join the effort today and on April 20.  Together we can make a difference.

The website address: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/

 

Comments

  1. Helen Hutchens says:

    I suggest that more research be done on this article. I have heard many complaints about how this campaign will not help create peace in Uganda but would instead perpetuate violence.

    Please consider this article that many of my friends from Africa (Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya) have been circulating:
    http://www.acholitimes.com/index.php/perspectives/opinion/15-open-letter-to-jason-russell-ceo-of-invisible-children-inc-on-kony2012

    What appears here now seems to be jumping on the bandwagon and summarizing the probably false publicity that many people have been bombarded with over the past few weeks. I do not know what the truth is, but I would love to see someone dig up more information and write a follow-up article on this. I am really curious about what you will find.

  2. Aaron Sellers says:

    Why exactly does the US government need to get involved? At the very least this is a UN matter.