Daily Archives: March 9, 2012

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAgbZdrWiN4?wmode=transparent&autohide=1&egm=0&hd=1&iv_load_policy=3&modestbranding=1&rel=0&showinfo=0&showsearch=0&w=500&h=281] This was one of the first things I ever remember seeing on Joseph Kony, not the 2012 thing.  This is a music video from 2007 by Fall Out Boy.   Five years ago.  It was known enough five years ago to make a music video. Somehow people didn’t remember it or didn’t pay attention.  People had “no idea” that child soldiers existed or they simply didn’t care.  I guess life is easier when you don’t have to think about the crap that is going on in other parts of the world.  It is easier to forget.  Remembering and knowing is hard. People know now. And now people are thinking that he’s the worst person in the world.  He probably isn’t. He isn’t the only one who has participated in the use of child soldiers or putting children into the sex trade. Germain Katanga in the DRC did it, too.  So did Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, and Bosco Ntaganda. Robert Mugabe, second (and current) President of Zimbabwe, has a youth militia. Chechen separatist groups kidnap kids and have them use suicide bombs to spread their message and campaign of terror.   There are plenty of really crappy people worldwide who have done horrific things to other human beings, but there are no viral campaigns to spread their deeds.  To me it seems wrong to focus solely on learning about this one guy.  Why not learn about all of the atrocities? If you want to advocate for human rights, then advocate for more than just the ones that are popular to advocate for.  Don’t focus solely on the one guy.  Learn about more of them.  Learn, then educate the world.  Advocate for victims of child conscription, rape, sex trafficking, slavery, genocide, etc.  Don’t just advocate for a documentary you found on the internet or for the group that is sponsoring it.   (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)