What You Need to Know About Joseph Kony
When a child goes missing for an extended period of time in the U.S., everyone knows. His or her face is shown on every news channel, descriptions of the abductors are given in as much detail as possible and we do everything we can to bring that child home.
Such is not the case in Uganda.
In the past twenty years, at least 30,000 children have been abducted and enslaved as child combatants and sex slaves. Losing a child to abduction in Uganda is not uncommon, with almost every family suffering from the same tragic event. Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, is responsible for thousands of murders and over 30,000 abductions. One man has somehow managed to devastate the lives of thousands of children and families, kidnapping the children and brainwashing them from a young age. “Inhumane” and “brutal” don’t even begin to define the actions of Joseph Kony.
In the last 24 hours, Invisible Children‘s latest video, KONY 2012 has gone viral, spreading rapidly by means of social media and word of mouth. Through this video, Invisible Children, “a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers,” is bringing awareness to Joseph Kony’s corruption, inhumanity and brutality.
Joseph Kony calls himself a prophet of the Lord’s Resistance Army. His followers believe that Kony’s commands come directly from God. In ways that I don’t understand, Kony’s prophecy justifies for his followers murder and abduction. High with power, Kony refuses to negotiate peace because, after all, when you speak the word of God, have an absurd number of followers and an inexhaustible supply of child soldiers and sex slaves, who needs peace?
Invisible Children, and now every person that has watched KONY 2012, says the children and families of Uganda do. They, after twenty years of torture and suffering, deserve to not live in fear. Children deserve to be children. The children of Uganda deserve to be searched for and worried about, the same way we worry about missing children in the U.S.
If you have not watched KONY 2012, please do:
Joseph Kony has robbed over 30,000 children of their childhoods, and Invisible Children is stopping him, one video view at a time.
Ashley is a freshman at George Washington University and she’s majoring in “Overanalyzing Situations” and International Affairs. Follow her on twitter @ashleybrooks25