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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Stop Joseph Kony from Torturing and Enslaving Kids in 2012.

There is a monster loose in Africa and he's praying on children to enslave them into his army or marry them as child brides. This is intolerable and we can do something about it. All it takes is the will, the right tools and the internet. Please, watch this short 30 minute video on how we do this. Today we are more interconnected than ever, so let's put that power to good use and save the children of Uganda!!

If your heart is called to action, as was mine after watching this video, please visit the "Invisible Children" website by clicking on this sentence. As Buddhists, we understand the power of interconnection and interdependent actions. This is a very doable goal, but only if we all take a few minutes out of our day to be present with the world and unite out collective compassion. It's easy to say, "Well, I'm only one voice, what can I do?" That is all changed in today's digital realm. When one person joins with other individuals, then we become an unstoppable wave of change. The time is now. Please join me in this effort by visiting "The Invisible Children" website to stop Joseph Kony!!

~Peace to all beings~

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15 comments:

Rick said...

Fair warning. Some figures show that Invisible Children divvies their donations in a way that some donors may not like.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://c2052482.r82.cf0.rackcdn.com/images/737/original/FY11-Audited%2520Financial%2520Statements.pdf?1320205055&pli=1

Anonymous said...

http://bubble5k.blogspot.com/2012/03/joseph-kony-2012_07.html

behindthesehazeleyes said...

It is disgusting to think that human beings are capable of such evil. I hope that the Kony 2012 campaign is successful but I know there are some doubts to their techniques. I've done my own blog post on the topic. Please read and let me know your thoughts http://justmythoughts1987.blogspot.com/2012/03/two-sides-to-every-story.html

Saranya said...

Very nice..
Saranya
http://nicesaranya.blogspot.com/
http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

They call him James Ure said...

So, what is the alternative then to the Invisible Children organization? Who else is doing something to help the the children of Uganda?

Having lived in Africa for two years, my main concern is getting help to those children. I just worry that in the course of criticizing "Invisible Children" nothing will be done for those kids.

I know I'd appreciate hearing from those who criticize "Invisible Children" as to who and where else we can channel our support? I'm against corruption of charities as much as the next person, but what do we do once we've exposed the charity for a fraud?

Too often, I worry this kind of scrutiny just turns people off entirely to charity work. It's important that we offer alternatives.

PDA said...

What "will be done for those kids" by supporting "the international effort to arrest him and disarm the LRA?" The kids ARE the LRA: what you are talking about supporting is the Ugandan army (which ALSO uses child soldiers) fighting battles with these children. Kony is known to use 13-year-olds as bodyguards, many if all of whom would be killed or wounded in any attempt on his life.

The idea that the LRA would just pack up and go home in the event of Kony's death or capture also deserves due diligence. The Ugandan army has been fighting the LRA for many years (along with US "military advisers"). The result has always been retaliatory slaughter, pillage, and the kidnapping of more children.

I understand and sympathize with moral horror and outrage. But the problem of kadogo soldiers in East Africa and elsewhere is not one that's particularly amenable to simple, military solutions.

They call him James Ure said...

PDA,

I'm not saying I support "Invisible Children" and their efforts to militarize Uganda. In fact, I'm leaning away from them.

But, given that fact, I would like to see the conservation here go in the direction of, "O.k., given the reality of 'Invisible Children' being questionable, what do we do now?'" So the question remains, "What DO we do now?"

PDA said...

I'm sorry... I thought that this whole post was in support of Invisible Children: "Please join me in this effort by visiting "The Invisible Children" website to stop Joseph Kony!!"

I don't know what should be done. From a place of compassion, just throwing up one's hands seems insufficient. But it's hard to see the possibility for skillful action in a war so far away where the situation is complex and unclear even to those who live there.

Sometimes all that can be done is to refrain from making an awful situation even worse. I fear this may be one of those times.

They call him James Ure said...

PDA...

Yes, in the post I was FOR the "Invisible Children." However, the comments and links in the comment section were beginning to make me think and question. That's why I threw out the comment at "1:52 PM" in the thread of what is the alternative?

I wasn't trying to be sarcastic. I really was and am trying to look at all sides. My position on this was evolving and my questioning the criticism of "Invisible Children" wasn't a flippant remark. It really was me trying to look at alternatives to the "Invisible Children."

PDA said...

No, I understand that. And I don't know the answer.

MisterMike said...

I am extremely fed-up with all of these so-called experts talking about the group's supposed agenda, where they spend their money, alleging falsehoods in the video, etc.

Remember in the video when Jacob as a little boy said he would rather be dead than live in the world Kony forced him into? That should be enough for anyone.

I know people argue that Uganda's human rights record is not exactly spotless, but if you listen to and look in the faces of Kony's survivors, you'll know stopping him is right. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of men just like Kony. Will stopping Kony stop them? No. But hopefully they will not rest as easy once Kony is captured.

They call him James Ure said...

Apparently, Kony 2012 will be releasing new information today on the concerns raised by some over their mission. I look forward to hearing from them because I'm back to being neutral about them.

First I was for them, then against them, but now neutral. I really want to believe them because I have such a love for the African people.

Buddhist_philosopher said...

Here is their breakdown of expenses (for 2011 at least):

http://www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html

Visible Children, a tumbler account dedicated to basically keeping Invisible Children honest, has listed a few alternative charities if you are interested:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4943
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3220
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8392
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8875

Each operates in central Africa.

Anonymous said...

I agree with most of your postings but in this case have some concerns. Yes, Kony was indicted by the world court in '05 for his crimes but has not been seen or active since '04. This is simply an attempt for money. Showing his son a picture of a black man and telling him he is evil is racist. What long term effect do you think that will have every time his son sees a black man on the street. Uganda itself says it wants no outside help in its problems especially from us. Lets put our efforts behind some of our poor and needy.

Anonymous said...

I do not wish to distract from the idea of helping stop the wars in Africa and the use of child-soldiers, however, I would like you to know that it HAS been proven that Kony, has in fact been dead for a few years now. Uganda has declared him to be dead for about 5 years now.

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