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What I’m about to say may strike a nerve with some, but I feel that I need to say it.
Recently, the Internet has exploded with “news” of Joseph Kony. If you don’t know, Kony is a tyrannical military leader from Uganda who has enslaved thousands of children to be used in a child army and as sex slaves. He has committed numerous atrocities, and although his power has diminished greatly, he is still at large.
For years, the charity Invisible Children (IC) has been drawing attention to Kony and the situation in Uganda. “Kony2012” is their latest effort. I don’t have an issue with the publicity that the situation is receiving; however, there are some questions that have been raised about the IC charity itself. Take this BBC article for example:
It’s alleged that most of the money received by the charity goes into publicity and self-perpetuation and that only a small amount actually goes to help the people in Uganda. They support the Uganda military despite that the military is guilty of committing some of the same atrocities as Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. They are also accused of manipulating the current situation in Uganda by using older footage that does not reflect what is happening now.
I definitely don’t want to discourage anyone from getting involved, but we all need to be wise about how we go about it instead of just jumping on the latest band wagon. Here are some of my suggestions:
Learn all you can about the current situation in Uganda.
Pray that Kony would be brought to justice with no more bloodshed, that the hearts and minds of leaders will be opened to the atrocities that are still being committed by others, and that the love and peace of Christ would work inside each life through the ministries that are there.
Research charities that are working in Uganda that wisely use their money to minister to physical and spiritual needs.
Call your Representative and Senators to inform them and find out what more can be done to influence the situation.