By now, most of BHS has heard of the Kony 2012 campaign, or at least seen the large, red poster hanging in the World Languages resource area. If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know: Joseph Kony is a Ugandan warlord who has been kidnapping children to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for over 26 years. A non-profit organization, Invisible Children, is doing everything they can to make Kony famous, so that he might get stopped.
There has been a significant amount of support behind Invisible Children, but there has also been a significant amount of ridicule. Some people don’t believe that Kony is still alive, and even more don’t believe that Invisible Children is actually making a difference, since only 33% of their Kony 2012 funds are used toward finding Kony.
In my opinion, Kony 2012 encompases much more than Jospeh Kony himself. This campaign is shedding light onto criminals across the world, and is bringing thousands of people, from all walks of life, together in support of one central thing. It’s about more than just capturing Joseph Kony, because that’s only the beginning. The International Criminal Court has a long list of criminals that need to be stopped, and once Kony is caught, the rest of them will understand the seriousness of their crimes as well.
I support Invisible Children in their efforts to make Kony famous. This is simply because I support any organization that is working toward making the world a better place. It’s giving people around the world a voice. For the first time in a long time, you, individually, have the opportunity to be heard. You also have the opportunity to give Buffalo a voice by visiting www.Kony2012.com and ordering posters, T-shirts, or a bracelet for you and a friend. Despite the slander Invisible Children is facing, Kony isn’t going away. He’s not going to rest until we stop him. The world won’t change until you step up and change it.