I am unsure whether or not you are aware of the war against children in Uganda. Joseph Kony is a self made mystic power that lives to abduct, rape, and plunder his own people. This guerrilla movement has gone unnoticed for the past 20 years and during this time, Kony has managed to enslave over 20,000 children to serve in his “Lord’s Resistance Army.” These child soldiers who are between the ages of 10 and 12 are forced to carry out horrific acts of butchery, murder and other atrocities. Kony has managed to ignite fear throughout the northern region of his country. Sadly, families live in fear daily and thousands of orphans migrate covertly on a daily basis trying to avoid becoming his next victim. The children of Uganda who are facing death are in need and deserve a platform that until now has not been provided.
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 (InvisibleChildrenInc).
Can you imagine not being able to pursue higher education because you don’t have the money? Can you imagine running for your life? What about a relative or a friend living in fear for their lives; slaves in their own country? Have you ever witnessed a family member or friend murdered in front of you? Can you imagine hearing someone say that they would rather die than to live and experience anguish as a result of abandonment, diminished dreams, and ultimately no hope for a future? I encourage you to listen to Northern Uganda’s truth…
There is no way that I can separate the children of Uganda from the children we see everyday. These children face like conditions and circumstances as those in Uganda. The only difference is that in Uganda, many of us around the world are just discovering the horrific acts that are taking place; whereas, we all know the horrific circumstances that many children and their families are experiencing here each day. The reality is, many of us choose to discuss the disgust but continue to ignore. Hmmm, I won’t continue to step on toes but I will say that the effort that is placed on spreading the word about Kony 2012 should also be put forth to spread the word about Mentoring, Volunteering, and Encouraging those we see in the United States EVERYDAY!
You’ve seen these kids. You’ve heard their cries. This war must end. Are you committed to stop Kony? Are you committed to stop the disproportionate suffering from social ills and rebuild what history has seemingly controlled and destroyed? Will you go on in fear? Will you fight this war?
These children are invisible to Washington Policymakers. We need to make them visible! In addition to spreading the word about our children in Uganda, wake up and spread the word about our children here in our country, USA.
If we take the pressure off of these injustices, if we’re not successful, the number of children living in fear and dying both mentally and physically as a result of lifestyles, circumstances, and abandoned dreams will continue to grow.
Every single person started this way (as a baby). He didn’t choose where or when he was born. But because he’s here, he matters. ~ Jason Russell, Kony 2012
Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live. ~ Jason Russell, Kony 2012
A bunch of littles can make a BIG difference. Jason Russell, Kony 2012
It’s not bad for the youth; it’s bad for the world if we fail. It’s not just important for Ugandan people; it’s important for everyone. ~ Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor, ICC