If you belong to any social media site then more than likely you have been flooded with images like this for the past few days:
This movement is sponsored by Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that fights to end the conflict in Uganda. In Uganda they are fighting against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is lead by Joseph Kony; there is no real purpose of the LRA besides ensuring that Kony has power. Kony’s soldiers are not men from another country or religion, but children that Kony has abducted from all over Uganda (and now other parts of Africa) that are forced to kill. Over the past few days the level of awareness about the Uganda conflict has gone through the roof. People from all over the world are joining the fight against Kony because of this video:video (if you haven’t already seen it, you should watch it). This video also showcases/utilizes the power that American citizens have been granted excellently (freedom of speech, the right to hold a peaceful protest and so on).
The video basically gives you the background of the war in Uganda and other parts of Africa and how Kony needs to be famous to be brought to justice. It is interesting and a bit disheartening that in the first stages of Invisible Children government officials did not support the cause because it was not popular enough. But now that hundreds of people have joined the cause, politicians have deemed it worth their attention. There is just something about that wrong to me.
Of course I cannot put complete blame on the politicians, part of the blame- in fact, most of it is the people of the United States fault. Why did we not make this an issue earlier? If this conflict has been going on so long how come it is just now making major news? Did I miss something? Was this more widely publicized when I was a kid? Yes, Invisible Children is a great cause and people should get involved. But why has it taken so long for an issue as big as children being abducted and forced to murder other people to receive any sort of acknowledgement from the people in the United States. It just frustrates me a little that people, especially people my age, are (for the most part) just hearing about this issue. What is wrong with us? In a world as global as ours is we cannot afford to be ignorant of issues (like Uganda and more recently Syria) going on around the world. Why can we not afford it? Because not only does it inadvertently affect us, but also if we do ignore these issues we could end up with another Holocaust on our hands.
I am suggesting that people of all ages put more effort into seeing what is going on in the world around them. If you are in a classroom setting make it so students have to talk about a current issue once a week, or (teachers or students) just bring up a random issue in class. If you are in the world outside the classroom then make an effort to check a (global) news website such as CNN or BBC once a day. As I said we cannot afford for things to go by unnoticed. If you are like me you do not want future generations looking back at ours and saying “How did they not know what was happening?”