I’m not asking you to donate to a fund you probably don’t trust or put money in a charity box that could go anywhere, but what i am asking is…
- the next time you want to buy an awesome t-shirt, check out the invisible children’s store’s collection
- the next time the strap on your handbag or backpack rips, instead of buying another overpriced one, perhaps buy a MEND that has been stitched and hand-sewn by inspirational women in northern Uganda
- the next time you run out of accessories, get an Invisible children’s bracelet or a whistle from the fallingwhistles store to wear with pride
- the next time you want to have a movie night with your friends, think about bringing the invisible childrens documentary and educating yourselves before you watch your films
The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers
I am writing this, whilst watching the extras section of ‘the Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers’. The DVD follows three young men documenting the proposed peace movement between Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army with the Ugandan Government. At this point in time, Kony was located in the depths of the jungles in Northern Ugandan, and was protected by hundreds of soldiers of the LRA (ninety percent of which are children under the age of eighteen) that will massacre anyone that comes close to Kony. Of course this attempt was unsuccessful, as Kony is continuing to recruit child soldiers today, and has refused to comply with peace talks as he is afraid of justice being sought against him. On Christmas day, in 2008, Kony massacred hundreds of people in Northern Uganda and recruited over 100 child soldiers.
The name of DVD itself is quite deterministic in one sense as it brings forth a solution which is still in process, allowing the audience to make the title become a reality. The child soldiers were not rescued and are still being recruited today, more prominently in the republic of Congo, where Kony has migrated the LRA to. On April 25th 2009, tens of thousands of people across the world, protested in Washington to gain the attention of politicians and media, and the government of the United States created the ‘LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009’. If this Act comes to pass, it will require President Obama’s ministration to produce a comprehensive plan into locating and arresting Joseph Kony - an outcome that has recently been proved to be possible with the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. However the US Government has other competing priorities in Washington, and the Act may go unnoticed. 80 congressmen have signed the bill, leading to the largest American lobby-day focused on the Africa.