I rather foolishly shared the Kony 2012 video going around. I’d heard of Invisible Children back when I was interning with the APPG and had liked some of their work. Unfortunately it transpires Invisible Children may be funding the Ugandan army, which has a spotty record re human rights. Thanks to Jude for opening my eyes on that one.
Anyway, have a read
At least they’re raising awareness right? Well, if you raise awareness & support for a group that may make things worse, was the awareness all that good?
This is not an new issue. It’s been going on for years and it’s far too complex to compress down to a 30 minute video.
Social media lends itself to trendy campaigns where people can buy things or sit down in places and do the “bare minimum”. Well, if you really want to affect real change, it takes money and it takes a lot of hard, grinding work.