Kony 2012

 If you had asked a classroom full of students on March 4, 2012 who Joseph Kony was, it is likely that no one would know who he was. However, a few days after the “KONY 2012” video was released on March 5th, an increasing number of people began to know who he was. You might be someone that still doesn’t know who Joseph Kony is, and if that is the case, I highly recommend watching the video. This video, produced by the organization Invisible Children, centers on Joseph Kony, the number one war criminal in the world.

Joseph Kony holds that title largely because of his child army. He abducts children in the night, makes boys soldiers, and makes girls into sex slaves. The children are stripped of a childhood and are treated in ways no humans should ever be treated.  The video explains better who Kony is and what he does. It then goes on to explain what has been done about this issue so far. Furthermore, it talks about what the plan is to stop him.  

The first response to the video was very positive, and after being released for a few days, it already had well over a million views on Facebook. However, after the initial excitement of the video died down, controversy started to arise. People questioned how relevant and recent the information in the video was, how active Joseph Kony still is, and where the money was going that was donated. People, especially on Facebook , are also getting angry about how this has been going on for over a decade, and that people are just beginning to care now,  only because of a YouTube video. However, I believe that it is better that people are becoming informed now, rather than never.

Despite these debates, I think it is worthwhile to watch the thirty-minute video. It will give you the facts about who Joseph Kony is and what he has done. Additionally, it will show you how you can make a small difference through donating money and spreading the word. It is a beautifully crafted video that moved me when I watched it and it’s worth at least giving it a chance. Then, after you watch it, it’s up to you to act or not. This video and everyone involved makes me think of the quote “The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” The most important thing that I was able to take from the video was that I have the opportunity, chances, and resources to change the world.

Here are a few resources from our catalog that will help you be knowledgeable on the subject of child soldiers in Uganda.

 By Monica, Teen Advisor
Northeast Branch


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