Who is Joseph Kony?

Who is Joseph Kony? Kony is a Ugandan guerrilla group leader, and head of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is known to have abducted and forced more than 30,000 children to fight for them, turning young boys into child soldiers and forcing them to kill their own parents or face death themselves, as well as turning young girls into sex slaves. This is not new, this has been going on for over a decade!!

What is Kony 2012? KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. The time has come for us to unite and make it known that this war and this brutal mistreatment of children must end now!

Watching this video sent shivers down my spine and seriously gave me the chills. It is disturbing to see what the children have been through (and are still going through!) but also uplifting that we as ‘the people of the internet’ have the power to make a change and stop this war. We can make all the difference. Don’t ask “Who am I to stop a war?” Instead ask yourself, “Who am I not to?!”.

So as to give a balanced blog post that does not simply regurgitate a video shared on my facebook wall, I would like to direct you to the blog ‘Visible Children’, which gives a critical review of the Kony 2012 campaign. The post talks about Invisible Children as an organisation, the break down of their finances, whether military intervention is such a good idea and how ‘reliable’ their statistics are. The last paragraph of their review really stood out to me and I think it’s something we should keep in mind.

“If you want to write to your Member of Parliament or your Senator or the President or the Prime Minister, by all means, go ahead. If you want to post about Joseph Kony’s crimes on Facebook, go ahead. But let’s keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.”

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13 thoughts on “Who is Joseph Kony?

  1. Amen & amen … Kony has been allowed to roam through Uganda, the Congo & Central African Republic, wreaking havoc and abusing children (and turning girls into sex slaves) for far, far too long. Let’s bring him to justice and STOP this vicious warlord & criminal!

  2. It is hard to believe that such evil can flourish in the world. This man must be brought to justice for all the crimes he has inflicted on thousands of children and their families.

  3. I agree that the man must be arrested. Surprisingly, it’s kinda interesting how the movie tries to make him “famos” rather than “notorious”.

    Perhaps it’s just one of my liguistic gaffes as a non-native speaker of English?

    Subhan Zein

    1. I agree that the man must be arrested. Surprisingly, it’s kinda interesting how the movie tries to make him “famous” rather than “notorious”.

      Perhaps it’s just one of my liguistic gaffes as a non-native speaker of English?

      Subhan Zein

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  4. é incrivel como o mal se disponta de uma forma absurda não podemos dizer que foi por ter uma infancia dificil , se o mundo ja teria sido extinto , a morte para ele é pouco , mas com certeza isto tem que chega ao fim , junto com toda sua corja

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