The project to turn the international hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has become a viral phenomenon. After decades of abductions, rapes and murders, it seems the world has finally woken up to the dark truth. As the Invisible Children video crosses its way across the internet, attentions focus on what more can be done to stop this atrocity. Surely though, this could be used to capture more than one man?
Before I go any further, I would just like to say that I absolutely support the campaign to finally capture Joseph Kony, after over twenty years of villainy and crimes against humanity. If you take a step back and really think about it, the viral video posted by the Invisible Children is quite remarkable. With over thirty two million views in four days, awareness of the issues facing Uganda and their past struggles with Kony are quickly spreading the globe, building upon the pro-peace army striving for the arrest of the calamitous Ugandan assailant.
Perhaps, even with their immeasurable and evolving success, the people of Invisible Children are narrowing the ultimate push for humanitarianism and the rights of mankind all over the world. I’m hopeful, and fairly assured, that only good can come from this campaign and that Kony will be taken into US custody for his disenchant crimes and actions against so many people, but I am left with the concern that the whole campaign will be put down in the history books after the dust settles following Kony’s demise, rather than staying on the spectrum of current affairs. Surely if one can be captured and pursued by an army of internet users and social networkers, there are more libertines to be thwarted.
As the worlds torches scout the dark for Kony, we let others slip away with crimes on a similar level. Sudan’s Abd Al Rahman and Ahmad Harun have been placed behind Kony and his accomplices in the list for most wanted fugitives. Harun, Sudan’s deputy ministers of humanitarian affairs, and Rahman, a janjaweed militia leader were named and accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the rape, murder and displacement of thousands of innocent civilians in the Darfur region of the country in 2007. Before their shortlisting by the ICC, Huran and Rahman escaped arrest when the countries government refused to hand the pair over to the court. Although Rahman was eventually detained and arrested in 2004, it became sickeningly apparent that Rahman and Huran were responsible for the deaths of two-hundred thousand people and the placement of a further two and a half million civilians placed in refugee camps, whilst Huran funded janjaweed militias to execute the operations under the regime of Rahman.
The African continent is barbed with tensions in all four of its quarters, and the only international addressing even close to taking action still remains Kony’s crimes. At the heart of the continent lies the second largest country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a country which has seen its fair share of bloodshed and slaughter, Bosco Ntaganda, head of the military operations for a Dabout Congolais militia called the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP). In an overseas campaign, Ntaganda, like Kony, trained children as soldiers to fight and participate in the complex four year civil war in the Congo. More than two and a half million people, including thousands of these child soldiers, were killed in the conflict. The child soldiers were led into battle by Ntaganda, who soon became known as the ‘terminator’. He is still wanted by the ICC.
The list goes on endlessly, which is a dire indication of our failing humanity. As thousands of people dies from preventable causes, the nations of the world try to unite to break the seals of oppression. Unsurprisingly, in my opinion, it’s the internet and the power of social media and networking that has connected so many people to form a clan of freedom fights around the globe, all by showing them a half hour video. It’s been a beautiful, harmonious chain of individuals joining together for one cause and one purpose. But surely, we should be tackling multiple causes. If the internet can make so amy people aware of one mans transgressions, we can pin point and challenge others, like Huran, Rahman and Ntaganda.
If there is one thing we can definitely take from this crusade to bring the downfall of Joseph Kony, it’s that the will power and determination to do the right thing of the public is something to be rarely questioned. On so many occasions, humanity has come together to offer help to those who need it. Whether natural disasters, like the tsunami in Thailand in 2004, or manmade carnage thrust upon the world, like the terrorist attacks on the world trade centre in New York, humanity has an answer and a will.
If we can do so much when so many odds are stacked up against us, why stop at one? Why concentrate all of our efforts on Kony when we can dethrone masses of evil with the same principle and power of the media, connectivity and mankind.