Stop Joseph Kony Today – Uganda: I’m sorry. World: Wake Up.
I’ll be the first to say it: I did not know who Joesph Kony was last week. I was completely oblivious to any distinct war crimes going on in Uganda or, actually, any other part of Africa. The name Joesph Kony did not mean a single thing to me, and did not move me or interest me in the slightest.
I admit it.
But yesterday I found the hashtag #stopkony trending worldwide on Twitter and, as I usually am, I was curious. I clicked on it and I discovered a war criminal whose evil and destruction was so boundless and remorseless that it shook me to the very depths of my soul and I felt ashamed.
How could I not have heard about a man who has murdered, abducted, maimed, and sexually enslaved OVER 30,000 CHILDREN and FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS? How could that kind of crime which exceeds all manner of political power-play, revolutionary uprising, and economic turmoil get past me? How could it get past anyone and for so long?
I know that I don’t share all the blame in my ignorance. At the end of the day, all we know is all that we see.
The pan-national revolution of the MILLIONS OF PEOPLE known as The Arab Spring was started through the power of social networking and, through the power of the people, has toppled governments and revitalized a new sense of hope and justice in the Arab World.
In just the span of 20 hours, this blog has received 300 VIEWS and counting (WHAT?!) purely due to the post I made about Shurooq Amin’s brave fight against censorship in Kuwait. Due to the power of the Twitter and Facebook social networking sphere, the name ‘Shurooq Amin’ is now on the tongues of hundreds upon hundreds of people in Kuwait and her unfortunate experience is known by all the people who matter and who can help make a real difference. People reacted to her experience and, through the power of a simple tweet or a Facebook status, are actively making an effort to stop the censorship and discrimination in Kuwait today.
Word of mouth is everything and it can literally make or break any cause.
To stop Joseph Kony we have to follow the same tried and true method of making sure that we, in our normal human nature, essentially do what we do best: Talk.
We have to spread the word so much that it’s inescapable. So much that not a single government can say that ‘it is not in our interest.’ Because guess what? If the people are interested then so is their government and if it “interests” the people to do something about this then their governments will have to comply or face political upheaval and public unrest.
I wish that every government in the world didn’t have to wait for such a cue before they finally decide to get up and do the responsible thing THAT THEY KNOW THEY SHOULD DO ANYWAY but, unfortunately, that’s just not the way it is.
Please take 27 minutes out of your time to watch the above KONY 2012 video. It will explain all this in a much better way than I ever will.
And then, after that, please visit www.KONY2012.com to pledge your solidarity to help stop this human demon, and to make any contributions or purchase any ‘action kits’ (that comprise of posters, stickers, bracelets etc.) to help raise public awareness of his crimes.
I know that I will.
I urge you with all I have to please hashtag, tweet, retweet, share, status, like, or even just talk about the tragic and deadly circumstances that these children are under-going right in this moment under the brutal power of this war criminal and vilian, Joseph Kony.
Just like I found out about the severe evil and criminal injustice of Joseph Kony through something as simple as a Twitter hashtag, I can promise you that, if we all do our part, everyone else will known his name as well.
All my love!