Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012: What About Museveni?

Thanks to the video by Invisible Children that has now gone viral, the name Joseph Kony is on its way to becoming a household name. I am ashamed to admit that I had no idea who Joseph Kony was prior to watching the video; after seeing footage of the crimes he has committed against over 30,000 children in the past 26 years, two things become alarmingly clear: the fact that this man, his crimes, and his victims are virtually unknown to most of the world is abominable, and he must be stopped. No matter what your political views are, saving the lives of countless children is unarguably a human issue and one that deserves support.

Seemingly for the first time, an organization is using the technological advancements of today's society to bring awareness to an important issue. With awareness comes support and with support comes results.

However, the film by Invisible Children begs an important question without providing an answer: who has allowed Kony to commit his atrocious crimes for over 26 years? The answer is Ugandan President Museveni and his administration, who launched the pattern of child abduction himself in 1986 and has caused the deaths of millions of people in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo.

Stop Kony, yes. But also stop to ask why Invisible Children and the United States government has agreed to work with President Museveni instead of stopping him, too.

Despite this, Invisible Children has shed light on an important issue that was virtually unknown in the United States until a couple of days ago. Please take a few minutes of your time to watch and share the video and sign the pledge at If you decide to write to the "culturemakers" or the "policymakers", don't be afraid to ask the following question: why not Museveni, too?

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