Why you shouldn't help "make Kony famous":

This video has started going viral and, while the idea is nice, I can't help but be a little bit skeptical about the whole event. Most people who watch it will take it at what it says and nothing more. I, on the other hand, have been paying attention all along.

Uganda has just recently signed a deal with Tullow for a $10 BILLION investment into oil production. Uganda has oil reserves which have the capacity to produce 200,000 barrels of oil every day. (goo.gl/a7RwR) While, in a perfect world, these things would be completely unrelated, we do not live in a perfect world.

Children have been recruited to be soldiers in Uganda for years and years. This is no new phenomenon. This +TIME article from 2006 details some of the horrors that child soldiers face. (goo.gl/5bxE0) Six years ago, news was being published about these atrocities and yet only now, after the discovery that the country has massive oil reserves, can we be bothered to do something about it?

On top of this, Invisible Children has come under fire quite a few times for several different reasons, all of which are outlined by this Tumblr: (goo.gl/hO4DU)

Among them:
Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services.

Photos can be seen of prominent organization members posing with leaders of groups like the ones they aim to shut down.

I do understand that this is a serious issue and something that should be solved, but Invisible Children and this mass media stunt are not the way to go about it. If you are so inclined to donate to the cause, I implore you, do it through Unicef instead. (goo.gl/mGfj5) Unicef is an all-around great organization and has been involved in this issue for quite a long time.
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