It’s a phenomenon now. Bringing Kony to justice.
We’re all twitterpated over it, wanting to see this mass murderer, this rapist, this destroyer of peace, this hater of mankind to justice. We’re calling for his death, us Americans.
Invisible Children’s organization is really good at telling stories, at showing our culture what happened, and at making movies. This is an invaluable tool, an important work! They are awesome at awareness and marketing. They should use this gift. (note: they are also good at starting schools, counseling victims, and building a radio tower in the DRC to track Kony’s movements and hopefully save lives. Priceless work, so important.)
My family, Eddie and Emilie Gonzalez, are living in Uganda. They’ve seen the devastating effects of the Lord’s Resistance Army, (and a thousand other causes that brought about terrible effects in the countries, this is not a simple issue my friends.) They’re “neighbors” with Invisible Children’s on-ground work there.
Invisible Children’s aid workers don’t have a lot of respect in the country, mostly because they don’t spend a lot of time/energy/money on the people there. But they are good at making movies. As my sister, Emilie, says,
“They aren’t respected here on the ground because most money stays in the States- but they’re good at awareness, just not development & healing. Kony really is on his last leg anyway, but he hasn’t been in Uganda in awhile.”
Which brings us to the new point in their organization.
This whole campaign is to bring him to his death.
What if some young men from Uganda came to New York and filmed a documentary about the 9/11 terrorist attack. “This is awful! Those brutal terrorists performed a travesty in your country! Let us help you bring them to justice.”
First, we’d say: “we don’t need your help to bring them to justice. We have our own army, and have dealt with bringing them to justice as best as we know how.” (this is true for Sudan and Uganda as well. However, the LRA is still a small and scared rebel band in the DRC, but the DRC won’t let any foreign soldiers in anymore.)
Second, we’d say: “It has been a while. You’re a little late.”
Third, we’d say: “If you really want to help us, then help the widows and orphans they left. Help council and heal the victims. And for goodness sake, if you can do anything to help our debt or economy the war helped ruin, that would be awesome.”
First, I feel like this is not our place to call for justice for Kony. We weren’t the ones devastated by him.
Second, I feel very uncomfortable with saying that Invisible Children is giving a voice to the voiceless. I think that is a complete lie. They have been voicing and crying and screaming forever, we just haven’t listened. What Invisible Children does is communicate with the West in a way that we can understand.
Third, what will we be doing if we give Kony justice? Bringing MORE guns into the country. Bringing MORE soldiers into the country. Bringing MORE hate and killing into the country. Like this:
(photo by Glenna Gordon)
Good heavens. Help us.
Please. PLEASE. Let’s be better humans than that.
I believe if we truly cared what Kony did against the people of Uganda or Sudan, we would not send more guns and soldiers in. We would send teachers, nurses, and counselors in. PLEASE, please send teachers, nurses, and counselors to Uganda and Sudan. Stop sending guns and knives. Stop sending soldiers. Stop sending free food. Stop sending free clothes. Stop sending our leftovers. Give trueness, and quality.
What will happen when this is all over?
Kony will be dead.
But unless we prevent more Kony’s from rising up (through lack of education, lack of jobs, and complete poverty) then I guarantee you from the bottom of my heart this history will repeat itself.
It’s easy to kill Kony.
It’s hard to kill what created Kony.
If you’re interested in more articles about the Invisible Children and Kony 2012 issue, here are two interesting articles on it, both written by people who were there:
Thoughts on Kony by Travis Curtice
here is a post by Invisible Children addressing many of their critiques.
What do you think?