Last year, the humanitarian group, Invisible Children, made a stir across the blogosphere with “Kony 2012,” a social media campaign & video that shed light on the horrors of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia heavily comprised of young, “Invisible” children who were kidnapped from their homes and bred to fight, rape, pillage and make Africans generally more uncomfortable than usual. The video itself, a mini-documentary that called American youth to action (A.K.A. to give Invisible Children, Inc. mad cash) was an Internet sensation, having over 94 million views on YouTube as of October 17th, 2012.
To put it bluntly, the cause blew up bigger than Nyan Cat.
However, as 2012 reached a close, many people began to forget about the cause. Hardly any progress was being made in the pursuit and jailing of Joseph Kony, and internal complications and scandals regarding Invisible Children’s founder, Jason Russell, who was arrested for public indecency in 2012, caused skepticism to coagulate around the validity and honorability of the cause. By late 2012, all hope was gone, and people began to forget about the tragedy in Central Africa.
The fight against Kony raged on, but dwindling support from the Internet, and thusly the International community, the African Union could not effectively allocate resources to catch Kony and stop the kidnappings of children.
In fact, as of 7:05 this morning, the African Union has effectively suspended the hunt for Joseph Kony, according to the Associated Press.
Well ain’t that a kick in the shorts.
The branch of the African Union’s military, spearheaded by Ugandan forces and about 100 U.S. military troops, was stationed in Central African Republic until the new government refused to cooperate with the mission. Without pressures – and support – from the outside world, there is nothing continuing the battle against Kony and his crazy cult of murderous tots.
This is a typical example of African bureaucracy and instability getting in the way of solving problems. I won’t divulge any further (cough, Rwandan genocide, AIDS epidemic, cough cough), however, I will say that these problems could be easily fixed if there were some form of stability anywhere on that continent.
But I digress, the search for Kony has ceased. Maybe the African Union needs to search elsewhere for muscle. Maybe it needs to recruit Liberian parallels to Kony, such as cannibalistic General Butt Naked, or the ruthless General Tupac. Granted, both hilariously, yet terrifyingly named Generals are retired from baby heart-eating and lady raping, respectively, but maybe they could make a comeback as the African Justice League. You know, they once worked for evil but now they’re using their powers for good?
That probably won’t happen?
You’re probably right. However, it’s better than nothing, and until Kony has been given his just desserts, the conflict will rage on. More people will die, more blood will be shed, and more families will be separated. I’m not saying that we should support Invisible Children again. Their incompetence with money and social media has already been proven. I’m just saying that, maybe next time, we could hop on a “cause bandwagon” with a purpose, rather than a slogan.