On A Serious Note
Hello darlings, I’m going to ask your to humor me on this one and take a moment to read this post all the way through. Short of living under a rock or being on a silent yoga retreat in the deep reaches of India, you can’t help but have noticed the KONY 2012 video that has been floating around the internet. The film is about Joseph Kony, one of the worst war criminals in modern history, and the need to capture and prosecute him at last. If you really haven’t watched it, I strongly suggest that you click above and do so promptly. Don’t just watch and get involved because a bunch of celebrities have decided to. Care because it matters. While in recent days, assorted pundits and a handful of academics have called into question the transparency of the charity behind the film, Invisible Children, the level of awareness that the filmmakers have raised on this issue is phenomenal and one can not ignore the good that this film and charity has accomplished. I rarely talk about my school life on this blog because… well, is pretty damn heavy and this is my happy little space for all things pretty, shiny, and often times overpriced. Today that changes. I chose my university based on the fact that it houses the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and while I’m getting a degree in history, most of my work focuses on genocide and other instances of mass violence. I study the harrowing results of men like Joseph Kony being allowed to remain in power and going un-prosecuted. Education is one of the most powerful tools that we as a society have in bringing this man to justice and combating grievous human rights injustices. On that note, if you’re compelled check out KONY2012, sign the pledge and get involved in bringing justice to the countless individuals who have been affected by Joseph Kony’s murderous reign. Unfortunately, the use of child soldiers is not unique to Uganda. To find out more about this issue and to see the fact sheet on the LRA and Kony, check out the United Nations Office for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. A huge and heartfelt thank you, my Louboutin-rocking darlings, for your time.