The viral outbreak of the Kony 2012 campaign video has managed to captivate the hearts of many (people with good intentions). Kudos to some excellent marketing skills, they have sold the idea brilliantly! I wish we could use the same skills to promote the passion for justice without targeting an individual but to target issues from grass roots. The problems in Uganda and many other countries where war crimes are flourishing, is more complex and tormenting than what we see or hear. We certainly cannot relate to these crimes with the Kony 2012 video because this video wants us to promote the campaign and donate money. It does not ask us to promote awareness on children’s rights or human rights education but it focuses on buying a product and believing that by doing so, we are contributing to eliminating the evil from the society. Sadly, by supporting the campaign, we will not be destroying evil. If Kony is killed, the fighters from his troops will join other forces and still continue with their atrocities. Therefore, how many Konys are we going to kill?
If we really want to focus on the issue of child soldiers in Uganda, the first step would be to get our facts right and understand the current situation of the people. It is important to pay attention to the political and social framework. Radical understanding of the issues will contribute towards policy developments, awareness campaigns, promoting human rights education and many other methods that will actually help putting an end to violence and war crimes rather than being selfish and wanting to put an end to one person’s life. Policy development is crucial for governments and Uganda needs to have a stable government, one that is going to promote peace and justice, one that is stronger than the current system.
As individuals, we have a bigger responsibility towards protecting human rights and children’s rights rather than focusing on one person. In any case, I don’t think Kony deserves so much of our time and energy!