So, as you may have noticed, there has been a ton of coverage and talk on the interweb the past couple days about Uganda. Specifically, Kony and the campaign to capture him and bring him to justice in 2012. I had heard of Invisible Children, and was aware of their goals to stop human trafficking. However, I was unaware of the story of Uganda, and the role Kony had to play in it. I can honestly say that my eyes have been opened even more to the troubles that the world faces every day. Problems and troubles that I have yet to see, fully grasp or expereince, and I hope I never have to. But the reality of it sets in, I have it so good here in America and the westernized world. So, with that being said, let’s take a look into what is going on, and how you can help.
Joseph Kony is a guerilla leader in Uganda who is in charge of the Lord’s Resistence Army. He leads this group to violently bring about a theocratic government that is based upon the Ten Commandments. He has about 66,000 children fighting for him, whom he abducted and forced into his army. Not to mentio the turmoil he has caused for over 2,000,000 people. In 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, but has since managed to escape to the Sudan.
Now, I am by no means an expert on this subject, nor do I claim to have any great knowledge in history or politics. But I’ll just be honest, this is so wrong. Abducting children and making them soldiers, let alone the crimes he has committed, is horrible. Now, there’s a big campaign going on Kony 2012. There’s been some controversy over it, in that some think that Uganda has become much more peaceful since Kony fled and went into Sudan. I will go ahead and say my two-cents. Even if he has fled, and has caused fewer, if any problems lately, does not excuse him from his crimes and the consequences he deserves. Think about if our country gave up finding Osama Bin Laden. Just because that individual is no longer “active,” in that we don’t see them or know where they are and are not causing any immediate threats, does not mean they are no longer a threat to the world. Kony may not be as active as he once was, but he should still face the penalty of his crimes. The search to find him and bring him to justice should not be over. I support the cause to capture him in 2012. Uganda and the people he has hurt deserve to see him brought to justice. They deserve closure, healing and peace.
Now, you can support Kony 2012, share the video on social networking sites, talk about it, put up posters etc. PLEASE, do all of those things. Let’s raise awareness and bring him down. But, beyond that, there are some things you can do to help those native to Uganda. One of my favorites is 31 Bits. I have talked about them before, but given recent events, I will bring them up again. They provide an avenue for women in Uganda to have a job making jewelry from 100% recycled materials sold at a fair trade price, from which they earn fair wages, receive healthcare and education.
“31 Bits Designs is a socially minded business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. By giving our beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. Our program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.”
Take a look at the impact this company is making in the lives of women in Uganda:
Please do what you can to help Uganda, both in terms of capturing Kony, and providing support and stability for the citizens of the country. Consider purchasing a piece of jewelry, putting up a poster, sharing the info on your page etc. Don’t just stand idly by.