Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: KONY 2012
I've got a degree in history, I know a bit about the African state and what it's root causes are and how long things have been going on.
Again, if you choose to ignore it and read into the propaganda of facts like "31% goes directly towards the cause" which mind you, is probably far greater than most other charities like World Vision and Oxfam, then that is your prerogative.
What happened in Rwanda 18 years ago was one of the greatest failures of the human race. We allowed a group of rebels to systemically massacre hundreds of thousands of individuals - simply because the world was unaware of the extreme circumstance. Sure we had Canadian peacekeepers constantly faxing the UN assembly stating what the state of affairs was like, but because of ignorance, it was regarded as tribal/civil war and not something the world should be concerned with. Then it happened again with Sierra Leone and the diamond industry) but because of the lack of social networking to spread the word the injustices continued to occur, completely unnoticed by the rest of the world - and of those who did notice, most didn't care because it did not affect them directly.
And here we are with Uganda. A country that has very little relevance to the rest of the world in terms of global stability. So yes, it, like Rwanda, gets put on the back burner. It's ok that we put sanctions on Libya and Syria to stop the tyrannical regimes from killing their people because it affects us as we pay for the outcome at the pumps. We oust people like Saddam Hussein who murdered 200,000 of his own people because he's a nut job and threatened to cut off oil supply to the world, and that's ok because again, it affects us directly. And there there's Uganda. Most people couldn't even place the country on a map. A war-torn country for 20 years but people don't care. They let it happen, it means nothing to us.
The point of the video and the movement is not to get people to donate money, the point of the video is awareness and that is exactly what I think people are missing. It's not really about sending troops and giving away your hard earned dollars but about acknowledgment. Letting the world know what is going on. If this happened on our home soil do you really think it would fly? Of course it would not.
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