Reflections on KONY 2012

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I am a supporter of Invisible Children. You’ve been barraged by updates and tweets this week as we prepared to host the IC roadies at our church and as the latest video went viral and discussions/criticisms ensued.

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I’ve been an advocate of Invisible Children since 2006 – showing movies and films, sharing their materials, purchasing their products (shirts, bracelets, MEND bags, etc) and coordinating local events with the Invisible Children roadies. I’ve written letters, made phone calls, and have attended lobby meetings with my elected officials concerning this issue. I say all that to say that I’m not new to this group and I’ve chosen to invest a lot of time and money in their work in Uganda and then in the Congo, Southern Sudan and Central African Republic.

On Tuesday and Wednesday after the video went viral and the dream came true of people KNOWING  and CARING about what was happening in this region of the world after all this time, I was in a state of elated shock and prone to tears. The stories of these beautiful children and people of Uganda, Congo, CAR and South Sudan were being heard.  They deserve to be heard. For nearly six years, I’ve wanted the world to take notice and finally, the world did – and in a huge way. 

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