Kony Controversy

For 26 years Kony has been kidnapping children in Uganda from their homes and forcing them to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The boys are forced to go back into their village and kill their parents and other members of the villages, while the girls are turned into sex slaves. He even mutilates other village people.
“Hearing about all the terrible stuff that Kony does to these innocent kids makes me want to do my part to help stop him,” said senior Lindsay Manser.
On March 5 Invisible Children, a non-profit organization located in San Diego, California,
posted a video about Kony. The video went viral and had over 83 million views within two weeks.
“You couldn’t go on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media network without seeing Kony’s face or his name,” said freshman Abby Zalucki. 
Invisible Children started their mission nine years ago in an attempt to stop the world’s worst war criminal. Kony is the number one criminal because, according to the UN, he’s not even fighting for anything other than to keep his power. He also believes it is his job or his calling from God to do this.
Even though the video was supposed to bring everyone together, there have been many critiques that rise suspicions. Some people are worried about where all the money Invisible Children raises goes to. Others are concerned about where Kony actually is because some sources say he is no longer in Uganda.
In response to the criticisms, Invisible Children has answered any questions that you may have in this post: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html.
In the video there seems to be one quote that stuck with everyone: “Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live.” 

E. Zalucki ’12


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