07 March 2012

Kony 2012

If there's one message, for those wanting to know why awareness through social networks will support this campaign, it can be summarised within these lines from the video:

"In order for Kony to be arrested this year (2012), the Ugandan military has to find him.
In order to find him, they need the technology and training to track him in the vast jungle.
That's where the American advisors come in. But in order for the American advisors to be there, the U.S. government has to deploy them. They've done that but if the government doesn't believe that people care about arresting Kony, the mission will be cancelled. In order for the people to care, they have to know. And they will only know if Kony's name is everywhere."

"It's obvious the Kony should be stopped, but the problem is around 99% of the world's population doesn't know who he is. If they knew, Kony would have been stopped long ago."

Sometimes I do try and imagine what it is like being that child slave who maybe in a few hours time has to carry the duty of Kony's dirty work by killing loved ones from their own hands, in front of their own eyes. And then I imagine the small sense of hope that that child has that maybe within that dark hour, the military will finally find and capture Kony, giving freedom to the children. And that 'hope' that those children have is what motivated me to want to support this campaign. The sooner he is found, the less lives that are lost. This does remind me of the classic saying, 'a stitch in time saves nine'.

It really does seem like the whole world already knows about him (because of all the news on Tumblr) but in reality, 10 000 + notes on an awareness posts is not the 'world'. So just one contribution to sharing the news is all it takes. And on 'Cover the Night' will be the most profound impact when the news can be spread most. This will (hopefully) be the day that this campaign's first goal is achieved.

I think all this campaign is asking is that we play our small part in raising awareness so that the government knows that their determination in stopping him as soon as possible is well supported by people around the world.


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