What is KONY 2012 you may ask. Well let me start off by saying that no single video has had an impact on me the way that the video I am bringing to your attention today has had. 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. Jason Russell is by far one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever come across, and I’ve never met him, because he has taken major strides to help with the capture of the sadistic human being known as Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony is a Ugandan guerilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and what they basically do is capture children force and train them into becoming child soldiers. They are forced to kill their own parents and inflict suffering on others, should they not comply with what Kony demands then they themselves are killed. More on this when you read on, please read on as this is a very important post.
Jason Russell, since meeting a Joseph Kony escapee, has made it his mission over the last 9 years to raise awareness and help stop these heinous crimes that have been committed after the last 20 years. So far he and the people of Invisible Children Inc have managed to bring this story to the US Government which in turn lead to Barack Obama deploying a small number of US troops in Uganda to aid with the capture of Kony. However this has been a long and argeuos road for Russell and Invisible Children and without the continued support and highlighting of this cause the fear is that the government will no longer see this as a priority.
This is where KONY 2012 steps in. KONY 2012 is a campaign with the sole purpose of raising awareness of this issue and making Joseph Kony a name that is recognised. The idea is to make Kony famous but not famous in way that we celebrate celebrities but famous in the sense that his name is known throughout the world just as much as a celebrity such as Rihanna or Oprah.
It is hard to put into short paragraphs what this video is all about and what it aims to do so I urge all of our Yin&Yang readers to take the time and watch and share this video. Never have I before wanted to get involved with anything like this before but having seen the video I have truly been inspired by Jason Russell and the Invisible Children movement, hopefully you will feel the same way!
*Update* Having had a little sleep and some time to reflect on this whole situation I feel that it is also important for me to point out that there are many people out there just like Joseph Kony. So while it’s great that people are taking the initiative to shine the spotlight on him we must remember that others will and do commit similar unjust crimes. Should Kony be stopped I hope that the world doesn’t feel as if their job is done, and while I fully understand that it is near impossible to stop all these evil entities we should remember that there were many people on the list of people that should be arrested and should try to capture those people as well.
Some cynics will say people are just jumping on the Kony bandwagon and I totally agree, however we all jump on a bandwagon at some during the course of our life so why not jump on one that has good intentions and could make a small but necessary change in the world.