Anyone who has been online in the last 48-72 hours or so has seen the Kony2012 posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or elsewhere. Even the nightly news has covered the story.
In all the social buzz and media hype it is easy to forget the reasons and people involved and impacted by the story. I am blessed to share with you someone’s view from the ground literally a mile away from the very army of children the Kony discussion is all about.
Michele Perry’s recent blog post shares inside wisdom only someone so close to the subject could, and also reminds us of a message that bears repeating and is so easy to drown out in the drums of war and outcry.
I wake this morning to what could be a perfect social media storm forming just to our south. You can see the cloud bank growing and the winds beginning to swirl through the twitter, facebook and youtube communities. Tweets, clicks, posts all calling the world to find Kony, and preferably dead is the sentiment of many. At all costs, stop at nothing to stop this feared leader of one of the most violent rebel groups in history.
Cartoonish caricatures vilify this one very human man even further. Yeshe and those he leads personify inhumanity in their actions, but they too, even as they are overtaken by darkness, are still flesh and blood. We fight not against flesh and blood. Suddenly this one man has become the poster child for all that we see as evil, exploitative and wrong in the world. Maybe even rightly so in some…
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