STOPKONY is a campaign by the human rights organization Invisible Children. It aims to put pressure on Western governments to depose Joseph Kony, a war criminal whose followers have killed and tortured countless communities in Uganda, and forced thousands of teenagers to either join his violent gangs or suffer the same fate as their victims.
But can American youth really help save their Ugandan peers? Invisible Children thinks so. Their hash tag, STOPKONY, went viral last night, with millions reposting a video about Invisible Children’s efforts. The Washington Post has a thorough and very interesting story on Kony’s rule, Invisible Children’s goal, the possible pitfalls of “point and click” activism, and links to more information.
They also discuss the argument of another human rights organization, Visible Children, and VC’s own fight to bring peace to Uganda, and their concerns about the possible limitations and unintentional harm of Invisible Children’s foundation. The Huffington Post also has a thorough essay by Michael Deibert, discussing his own experiences in Africa.
(Getting involved in your own community is also important – kids much closer than Uganda also need your help. Go to FeedingAmerica.org to volunteer at a food bank if you need a good start.)