To the editor:
Students at Cazenovia College continue to raise awareness of the plight of children conscripted as soldiers in Uganda. The Invisible Children organization debuted their new documentary film a few weeks ago. The main focus of the film was to inform the public about the man leading the Lord’s Resistant Army in Uganda and surrounding countries, Joseph Kony.
The documentary kept urging that people “make Kony famous” so that everyone would soon know the terrible acts of violence against children that he has committed. They also posted the film online for free at kony2012.com.
Sadly, this viral marketing technique was also noticed by those who are against helping the situation, or feel negative towards the Invisible Children organization. Many people feel that it is not our duty, as Americans, to aid those outside of our country no matter the problem.
But, is it not our duty, as people, to have compassion towards children? Children who are being raped, not only physically, but are being raped of their childhood, rights and any possibility of a good life that they may have had?
Opposing people argue that buying merchandise from a not-for-profit organization cannot help aid in arresting and capturing Kony and his followers. It is true that wearing a bracelet is not the answer, but sending information that goes viral is.
Awareness is the first step to solving a problem. Tell me, how can you solve a problem if you do not know it exists? Awareness allows Americans to see and learn about a problem that they have a chance to make a difference for.
Raising money may not be the answer to capturing Kony, but it helps aid the children in Africa who need homes, food and education to better them for the world they were born into. Awareness led to Joseph Kony being named the number one worst criminal internationally.
Why should we hope that this documentary and issue continue to go viral? Because people will forget — they will move on to the next biggest hit video on social websites and lose a chance at making a change and possibly saving thousands of children’s lives.
If you were under the attack of Kony’s army, would you not ask for help from anyone willing to offer it?
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