"It’s bad for the world if we fail." – Luis Moreno Ocampo, prosecutor for International Criminal Court
It’s amazing how many different voices you will hear in response to one cause. The first voice says what an amazing technological breakthrough this is, to attempt to bring Joseph Kony to justice for using child soldiers in Uganda. Then the second voice chimes in, wondering how much money really goes to Uganda and if this even will help – or if this is all just some hoax.
Maybe it’s because our Bible study group just started reading Kelly Minter’s study on Nehemiah, who had a heart who broke for others. Maybe it’s because I’ve read about the child soldiers in Uganda and followed the stories. Or maybe it’s just because I see the injustice of what Kony has done to these children and want to do something, anything, even if it’s small.
I had a discussion with my coworker about this film earlier this morning. She called it a “hoax.” I asked her how it could be a hoax – Invisible Children is a (fairly) legit organization. She couldn’t answer (Though I did address that a majority of the money goes back to the IC organization and not to Uganda, which is usually people’s biggest problem).
Yes, the war has been subdued, but Kony is still out there. And if we can do just something to bring him to justice, isn’t that worth doing?
People are getting smarter and smarter at realizing that, for the majority, governments and politicians and such are not good vs. evil. It’s gray matter. If you want to get into politics (and, frankly, I really don’t) I like a lot of things that Republicans do. And I like a lot of things that the Democrats do. Heck, I even like some Libertarian ideas. It’s not that one party is good and the other is evil. But while Kony is evil…what can our government or the Uganda government do that will save the most children? Because let’s remember, when this guy’s been cornered, he uses children as shields. How do you fight that?
Here’s my suggestion. Watch the video. Be aware. But do something. If you’re a Christian, pray about it to determine what you feel the best course of action is. Maybe you think donating money to IC or some other cause is the best idea. Maybe you want to help IC’s cause of making Joseph Kony famous. Maybe you want to call your senator and/or congressmen and tell them that the American government needs to stop fighting each other and band together to figure out a solution to bring Kony to justice and assist the victims in housing and education. Maybe you feel that praying for these children is your course. Just do something. Because, despite some critics who say differently, doing something is better than nothing.
“It’s hard to look back on some parts of human history, because when we heard about injustice, we cared, but we didn’t know what to do. Too often we did nothing, but if we’re going to change that, we have to start somewhere.” –from “Kony 2012”