Bogey, i thought this may have been slightly too long to post in the comments section, but I saw this article the other day and it read as below. If you can't be bothered to read it all, its pretty much backing bogey that Joseph Kony is obviously a bad fellow, but there are far more important things join on in the world, and there are better ways of going about things. Im not saying Kony isn't important, but on a scale of world crisis', Kony isn't at the top. Please read below for more.
Over the past week, a video called “Kony 2012” has garnered tens of millions of views, and generated startling levels of awareness about what seems like a relatively obscure topic, a humanitarian crisis in Central Africa. Unfortunately, millions of Americans have been confused or deceived by the video.
An uninformed viewer of the video, produced by a group called Invisible Children, is left with the impression that, in Uganda, there is a rebel leader named Joseph Kony with an army of 30,000 children, who is displacing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of refugees, in one of the world’s great humanitarian disasters. Further, no one knows about this, and if we apply enough pressure and raise enough awareness around the world, Joseph Kony can be stopped.
All of those things are either untrue or no longer accurate. Most important: The crisis isn’t anything like the video portrays, and there’s nothing one can do that hasn’t already been suggested and pursued.
Joseph Kony is a murderous madman and has committed humanitarian atrocities on a shocking scale, but he doesn’t head a rebel group with a political grievance (and never really did), but instead heads a dwindling criminal faction of several hundred armed guerillas. In the early 2000s, his crimes did in fact cause the internal displacement of more than 2 million Ugandans, but thanks to the efforts of the Ugandan military, he has since been forced out of the country, into the rural areas at the intersection of the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This fact is mentioned about halfway through the video, in passing, as if it is of little significance — but most viewers have come away convinced that the problem we should be worried about is in Uganda. It’s not (though the Ugandan military is still involved).
More important, the humanitarian crisis hasn’t simply shifted from Uganda to elsewhere; in Central Africa, Kony is still killing people, and he should be stopped, but he is inflicting nowhere near the suffering he once caused. In the past year, according to Invisible Children’s own website, the LRA has been responsible for 98 civilian deaths and 477 abductions. Tragic, but not earth shattering. Just as important, while the LRA is still active enough to contribute to the region’s instability, it isn’t displacing truly significant amounts of people (the original concern in Uganda).
In just the past year, off the top of my head, Bashar Assad, al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Taliban, Moammar Qaddafi, the Nigerian group Boko Haram, any of the Mexican drug cartels, and Sudan’s Omar Bashir have each caused far more civilian suffering and death than Joseph Kony and the LRA have. It’s counterproductive for humanitarianism in general that millions have come away from this video thinking that it’s one of the world’s worst crises.