By Lyndsay | March 7, 2012
Around 12:15 am, my roommate and I viewed a thirty-minute youtube video called “Kony 2012.” I found out today that the video appeared on the Internet at midnight, and I already saw it on my people’s facebooks and twitters not even a half hour after it aired. A little background behind the campaign is not even enough to understand the tragedy, but here goes nothing. So, there is this guy in Uganda, Africa named Joseph Kony. Kony abducts young kids (boys and girls) out of their homes and away from the parents to become soldiers and sex slaves. They are also forced to kill their own parents as well as kill and mutilate others, all because Kony tells them to! Jason Russell from America went to Uganda with some friends and met a young boy who told him he was a victim of Kony and so was his brother. The sad story goes on and if you watch the video you will understand why I am even addressing this problem.
So, obviously this situation cannot be ignored, because come on, it’s bad. Russell and many others went to American government officials to have them try to do something, but they could not get involved because the problems in Uganda were not dangerous to America. Instead of stopping there, Russell and many others from America and other countries spoke out against Kony. Loudly. They were finally heard and the American government knew they had to do something because it was seen as such a problem to people. These people wanted to make a change and help people of Uganda. It just has to happen. America sent in troops to try to find Kony and to help people in Uganda. They built schools and gave the people hope for the future that they have lost because of Kony and his army. But there is one problem. By the end of 2012, if nothing happens and we can’t find Kony and bring him to justice, we will have to give up entirely and basically leave it alone. Clearly we can’t allow this so happen.
So what I’m asking of you all is to go to http://s3.amazonaws.com/kony2012/kony.html watch the video, pledge, and maybe even donate to this campaign. A little goes a long way, and we all know that nothing like this would be allowed to happen in America, so why allow it in Africa. I truly believe that Canisius can get involved with this campaign so easily. We would be stupid to ignore it. Take the time to learn about this problem for a half hour of your day because it’s worth it.