This weekend my daughter Alisha brought something to my attention that I wasn’t even
aware of. Joseph Kony. One of the most hated and sought after criminals in the world. Mr. Kony is the leader of a guerrilla group that kidnaps children in the country of Uganda and surrounding territories. The girls are forced to be sex slaves and the boys are forced to fight in his army, the Lord’s Resistance Army or LRA, which doesn’t really have a cause. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this type of thing happening, but that doesn’t make it any less tragic. I think what is most disturbing about the situations is the USA and other countries dismal approach to have him arrested. In 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, but has yet to be captured.
It goes without saying if Joseph Kony had access to large amounts of oil, the American Army would’ve torn up Uganda like a pack of dogs after a rabbit and captured and/or killed him long ago. As of now, all they’ve done is sent in 100 “advisors” to help the Ugandan army capture him. I’m infuriated that oil is worth more to the western world than children, but that’s seems to be how things work in this corrupt society that we live in. Fortunately, we have young people like my daughter who believes in this cause and is going to do something about it. Thanks for sharing your views today Alisha. I’m very proud of you!
Alisha’s thoughts and facts…
Joseph Kony, born 1961, is the leader of the “Lords Resistance Army” (LRA) he has been the leader since 1986 and has abducted over 30 000 children. He takes the kids and turns them in to soldiers and sex slaves. As a child myself, my biggest worry is not having my homework in on time, I couldn’t imagine a child’s biggest fear being taken from their bed at night and being used to do horrible things. In this world we take too much things for granted, but where we live, it’s hard not too. We live in are peaceful world and block out most of the bad, but this needs to stop. Joseph Kony needs too be stopped.
What can we do to stop him? Tweet about it, make statuses about it, watch and share the video, go on the kony2012 site and take the pledge, donate money or write to celebrities and politicans, those are the people that can help the most because what they do, the world does. They have a huge influence on what people take interest in. Make Kony famous. I think the thing that upsets me the most about this whole thing is not what Joseph Kony’s doing, but the way some people are reacting. “If you postin’bout kony i feel bad for you son, he snatched 99 kids and your status saved none” is a status on facebook and twitter I’ve seen quite a bit these last few days. Discusting. The government won’t listen if no one cares, so that one status can go a long way.
If everyone in Canada and the USA put one status about stopping Kony and saving the thousands of kids he’s taken, the government would have to do something, or at least keep the advisors there. A lot of littles can make a big difference. Everyones gonna have to help to stop this terror and I’m going to do everything I can too help stop it. That is why i will be participating in “Cover the Night ” in Moncton at midnight on april 20th to help make Kony2012 more known. And I hope you will be there too. Click on the links, watch the video and please share with your friends.Thanks for helping. Alisha Lawson