I know this isn’t really wedding related, but I just watched this documentary and wanted to share! Has anyone else heard about KONY or Invisible Children? What are your thoughts? I’m really hoping that we can catch this guy, and I’m also hoping to spred the word! Here’s the link for the video:
@mole: This picture is also explained on their website. I think while they may not always go about things the right way, I don’t think anyone with half a brain can say that the world knowning about the horrible things Kony has done and him being brought to justice is bad.
One of the Invisible Children founder guys made a comment on some critque of them about how people are saying that Kony is no longer a danger to Ugandian people because he got out and only has 500 people now and all this, stating that “Just because we can’t do it all doesn’t mean we should do nothing”. Kony is evil and he needs to know the rest of the world does care. If you look at the ICC most wanted list (basically a list of the slimeyist scum of the earth) there are a lot of men just like Kony who have gotten away with the murder, rape and total perversion of an entire generation in parts of the world where the industrialized “First World” super powers aren’t looking because it doesn’t mean $$$ for us. And if this can let them know that yes, the “First World” is looking, and the “First World” cares and does not find this acceptable, then maybe a few more little kids can sleep safer tomorrow night. If one child is kept out of the sex trade, or from being made into a psycotic killing machine by these efforts, perfect or not, they are worth it to me.
@chasesgirl: I totally agree!! I know that the US army can’t fight every country’s wars, but we can give them a hand. We can help, and we are a big scary ally to have.
Invisible Children has barely been around for 7 years, it is brand new in non-profit land. They are going to make mistakes and it will take them awhile to get on thier feet. It doesn’t change what they are doing.
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@chasesgirl: I’m not saying that the IC is necessarily a horrible organization. I’m just saying that people need to actually research where their money is going and who it is benefitting when making donations to groups. There are many NGOs who are working hard to stop atrocities like the ones affecting these children, so you should choose the one that makes the most sense to you. You shouldn’t blindly donate after only watching one video.
And, since there are always two sides to a story, here’s the reaction of the photographer to that photograph:
It’s a terrible situation. There’s plenty of other places outside of US that experience this as well. Who says it’ll stop if you stop one man? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – behind every leader is a follower.
I sincerely wish the children in these horrific situation the best. I hope a miracle somehow happens and it is stopped for good.
@Rouquine: It won’t stop – until the country(ies)’ governments are stabilized, there will always be someone else willing to step into that vacuum. Even the forces that Invisible Children support (the SPLA) USE CHILD SOLDIERS. It is a slick marketing campaign and nothing more.
I’m gonna guess that none of you knew who Kony was before this documentary was released . Now you know, and that was one of the main goals of the documentary. The point is to get it this in the know, to make Kony famous. There will probably always be violence in this country, but seeing Kony go down will give them hope. That’s more than they have right now.
We cannot solve all the world problems, but we can help. The best way to do that is to bring it to light. I don’t feel like IC is pressuring anyone to donate, I think they are pressuring us to spread the word. I’ll do that for anyone after a good cause.
I’m iffy about this. The thing is, there are SO MANY terrible things that happen to people in foreign countries and here as well, every. single. day. I am all for helping kids and the less fortunate. Honestly. But I feel like we never look at what is happening in our backyard so to speak.There are children going hungry here in America. Children that freeze to death, are beaten to death, children who are abused every way they can be abused. There are thousands of people without homes because of the recent tornado outbreak…are we all giving money to them? Not really. And I think that is sad. I know American’shave a better chnace of being helped than these children, but I still think it’s a scam and EVERYONE should research exactley where their money is going.
However, I am glad that regardless if this is a scam or not, we are now more aware of what is going on over there.
Still, I hate to see first world countries go to war over every wrong doing in other countries.
@hfrey12: But the Ugandans themselves have said this is not good for them – the country is relatively peaceful, Kony has been out of Uganda for years (and is possibly DEAD) and now they are worried about backlash from his small army if he is still alive due to his newfound ‘fame’.