Joseph Kony There is no doubt that Joseph Kony is a horribly cruel man.

If you are on Facebook or twitter, you have surely seen by now a lot of your friends becoming so called “activists” after watching a YouTube video about “Kony 2012″ and the Invisible Children organization. What’s disturbing about all of this is that nobody is fact checking or doing any research on the subject – they are simply buying into everything the video preaches without knowing anything else about the topic! The situation is much more complex than the video alludes to and the organization itself is very shady at best. Check out information on the issue and organization that we put together below: THE QUICK RUNDOWN The issue: -The LRA is only 250 soldiers strong at this point. -The LRA hasn’t been in Uganda since 2006. -Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting. -US Africa Command has been trying to stop Kony for years, which only results in failure and retaliation from Kony. -To get to Kony you’d have to ultimately kill some of his army…which consists of children soldiers….. Invisible Children: -Only 32% of money raised went to direct services (if you support the issue you may want to choose a more worthwhile charity). -Their accountability and transparency is a 2 out of 4 stars on charity navigator. -The group is in favor of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. - Foreign Affairs has claimed that Invisible Children (among others) “manipulates facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.” Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re supporting the Ugandan military that are themselves raping and looting away. Educate yourselves a little bit before supporting a particular nonprofit. IN DEPTH The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called “misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulating facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards. Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

Kony is on the run. At the top of this article is a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure. but Invisible Children defends them. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm. But killing Kony won’t fix anything. although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence. as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man. having been pushed out of Uganda. and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. is not the way to go about it. only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone. The bottom line is.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad. if he isn’t already dead. the military group Invisible Children is defending. which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers.” Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger. The LRA might collapse.By IC’s own admission. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization. arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”. Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. and it’s likely he will soon be caught. as Foreign Affairs points out. and needs to be stopped. but. research your causes thoroughly. . Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF. to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money. And as far as what they do with that money: The group is in favor of direct military intervention.

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