Kony 2012 and Contrarians

So many opinions, so little value shared. Since the release of Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video, I cannot tell you how many blogs and articles I’ve seen that fit into this format:

  1. I’m informed and here is why I know more than you
  2. Vague references to current political events and somewhat related historical events
  3. Half-baked theory or sentiment about the Kony 2012 video and it’s impact
  4. A fluffy conclusion that sounds interesting at first blush, but actually says very little

Whatever your opinion about the Kony 2012 video is, these three articles are worth reading and have quality content to boot.

The first is by Bethany Haley, the co-founder of a non-profit called eXile International that works with former child soldiers who have been rescued from the LRA in the countries currently and previously affected.

  • “We must stop talking about a movement and Move. Our opinion about a film does not remove the fact that the man in the film is real. As real as the children he forces to kill.”

The second is by Paul Ronan, who writes from Central Africa as he travels to LRA affected areas with a non-profit advocacy group called Resolve.

  • “The Kony2012 that you’ve seen so far is not a one-off viral phenomenon – it’s just some fireworks in the middle of a long slog aimed at ensuring the US government is doing everything it can to help end a horrific human rights crisis.”

The third is by Nicholas Kristof, a thoughtfully provocative op-ed columnist for the NY Times, who addresses the criticisms Kony 2012 has faced from fellow humanitarians and critics alike.

  • “My starting point is a “bravo” for film-makers for galvanizing young Americans to look up from their iPhones and seek to make a difference for villagers in central Africa…”

Sharing my opinion would just be adding one more blog post to the cacophony. So instead, I’ll leave you with words from someone who knows what it is like to spend life face to face with the brokenness of the world.

“If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one” – Mother Teresa

No proposed solution on it’s own will be comprehensive enough to cure all of the destruction caused by the LRA. But, if there are people standing up against that evil, where is the value in tearing down that effort simply to point out the ways in which it is lacking? Either support the good that they are trying to do, or find a way to do what you’ve determined they are not doing. The world doesn’t need more “armchair cynics” spouting rhetoric.

[P.S. I linked to two great organizations in the articles above, but here are a few more, if you’re looking: Village of Hope Uganda, Visiting Orphans, Children of Peace, and The Frontline]

Alright, let’s hear it. Opinions about Kony 2012 are welcome, as are suggestions about organizations other than Invisible Children that are worth investing in. Share away!

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2 thoughts on “Kony 2012 and Contrarians

    1. Thanks Meredith! Glad you liked it – I’m always hesitant with topics like this, but I thought it was important to share those couple of articles. Kristof is so dead on, I love it!

      PS. I hope my “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet” post meets your standards for a healthy approach to weight/image 🙂

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