On Friday, March 2, some invisible children representatives came to our school to present a showing of the “Kony 2012” documentary. I was not there to see it, but from what I heard it was a truly life changing experience. I never really knew too much about what was going on in Africa right now. I heard about the genocide in Darfur and Sudan, and believed them to be connected to the Kony problem. Little did I know, this was not true. Kony is a problem himself along with his Lord’s Resistance Army. Their purpose is a government based off the Ten Commandments (talk about misinterpretation). Like I was told to, I went to the Invisible Children YouTube channel and the first video I watched was “Protection Plan”. Three things happened:
- I cried
- I cried some more
- I felt an insane hatred for Joseph Kony
I simply cannot understand how one person’s mind can become so diluted from reality that they believe kidnapping children and killing people is for “a good purpose”, but I’ll go back to that later. My heart was slowly breaking as each second passed by in the video, and the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it was even worse. These people, thousands of miles away, are more or less helpless to the destruction and evil around them. Their villages are so remote, it took days for Limai to give notice to the town of Dungu, for the need of medical assistance (a man was confused for an LRA member and shot by one of the Republic of Congo soldiers). We sit here, complaining about our economy, how horrible our country is, and our petty high school problems while these people are looking death in the face on a daily basis. I could not even imagine to live in fear like that. I want to jump on a plane these countries and help more than anything. It sounds silly, but all I wanted to do was hug every single man, woman, and child, and tell them it’s going to be okay. I’m truly hoping that one day it will be; that these people will be able to live a free life without worrying about the next LRA attack or when their children are going to be taken away from them.
What makes this whole situation even worse, is that it’s kept so under wraps. In our day and age, with all the news coverage and media, I would think this would be the number one topic of world affairs. I honestly just heard Joseph Kony’s name the other day in class. Now that I know what he’s capable of and what he’s been doing though, I’m somewhat disappointed in our country. We, as Americans, have always referred to ourselves as the “Big Brother” nation. We are always jumping into conflicts and helping to resolve them. Even if we are not wanted, it has never stopped us before. So why now, as these villages are being pillaged, women are being raped, men are being killed, and children are being made into soldiers, do we sit back and watch? We have absolutely no problem engaging in wars with other countries, so instead of destroying more lives, let’s save some. Now is the time to get involved and I plan on it, hopefully the rest of America better yet the world, will catch up on the trend Invisible Children is setting.
Let’s make that a zero.