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Kony 2012 Update

On a recent trip, I stumbled upon graffiti signifying the Kony 2012 movement that recently caused massive waves in the social justice world. The sight of the graffiti prompted me visit Invisible Children’s website to see what they have been up to since the Kony 2012 video went viral. Although the Kony 2012 video has received a lot of support and praise from both governmental and non-governmental organizations all around the world, Kony continues to remain at large, much to the  chagrin of Invisible Children and many others. As a result, Invisible Children is set to launch a whole new movement on November 17th. It is called Move DC. Check out the video explaining this new development in the Kony 2012 campaign here.

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Stealing Land From Widows and Orphans

58: Global Impact Tour, the “global initiative to end extreme poverty” (as we have previously shared, click here to view our past post), tackles many issues across the globe. While they continuously fight poverty on many levels, each month they feature a specific country and issue. This month is Uganda and the problem of Stealing Land from Widows and Orphans.

Here is what 58 has to share about this issue:

“Across Africa, many widows and orphans are left defenseless when their husband or father dies. In this time of vulnerability, they become victims of ‘succession-related’ property grabbing – the term for illegal property seizure in the aftermath of a death. Victims often lose not only their homes, but – for many who raise crops or engage in small enterprise on their land – their only sources of livelihood, leaving them and their children homeless and without income.

Property grabbing often arises from the perceived lack of land rights for women in traditional societies. Family members, local leaders and potential victims may not be aware of the legal rights of widows and orphans or the criminal sanctions that may arise from illegal property seizure. Moreover, agencies charged with enforcement of rights lack the knowledge and resources to meet the overwhelming need.

Right now, some of the most vulnerable women and children in Uganda are waiting for a defender and waiting to go home. Together, we can help them. With your support, IJM will open a new field office in Gulu, Northern Uganda this summer that will help restore families to their land and homes. These families experienced the terror of Joseph Kony’s guerrilla group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), when their communities were ravaged. Over two decades, hundreds of thousands of families fled the chaos and danger in Gulu and sought shelter in temporary camps in other areas of Uganda. Thankfully, Kony and his militia have left Northern Uganda. Thousands of children, women and men are now attempting to return home, but they are facing a new injustice. They are returning only to discover that their homes have been stolen and are now occupied by more powerful neighbors who threaten violence with machetes and spears. To return to their rightful homes, these families need a defender. They need the power of the law on their side. But they face great obstacles. Thousands of court cases are backlogged. Women are marginalized. The poorest often do not even know their rights. Without help, the weak and the vulnerable will lose. The powerful will win.

IJM Gulu will provide immediate and sustained attention so that the system works to protect everyone. IJM investigators, attorneys and aftercare staff will be able to defend families particularly widows and orphans – who need help now. Over the last decade, IJM has restored hundreds of widows and orphans to their homes in rural areas around Kampala. This is no small matter: For the poorest and most vulnerable, access to shelter and somewhere to grow food is a matter of life and death. We are ready to bring this expertise to Gulu. Together, we can bring hope and restoration to Northern Uganda. Will you please help support us?

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All content cited from Live 58:

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So what does the International Criminal Court have to say about the “Make Kony Famous” campaign?

The International Criminal Court (ICC), located at The Hauge in the Netherlands, is a “cout of last resort.” It is the result of the “Rome Statue,” a treaty signed by 120 countries which allows the court to prosecute international perpetrators of “the gravest of crimes” such as “genocide,” “crimes against humanity,” and “war crimes.” If Joseph Kony is caught and brought to justice, he will be tried at the ICC. In light of this fact, what does the ICC think about Invisible Children’s “Make Kony Famous,” campaign? According to the BBC: “The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said he supports a new campaign to capture alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony….” Read more at the BBC News website….

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Who is Joseph Kony?

Click the picture to find out!

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Join the Campaign.

Click on the picture to read a BBC article about this campaign.

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Invisible Children

I still remember that day back in 2006, when one of my best friends informed me that she was going to sleep under a bridge for a night to help raise awareness for this organization called “Invisible Children.” Not only did I think she was crazy, but  I had also never heard of it. Almost four years later, I’m just now realizing how big and influential this organization really is.

Back in 2003, three young filmakers from San Diego went to Uganda for an “adventure.” They came back with footage they released as a documentary called “Invisible Children: Rough Cut.” It documents the terror the LRA under the infamous Joseph Kony has brought primarily to Uganda, but also to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. The documentary helped raise awareness regarding the horrible atrocities being committed by the LRA, and ultimately helped bring about the Juba Peace Talks in 2006, which brought temporary peace to these areas. Although the LRA movement is steadily decreasing, Invisible Children is dedicated to helping the nations that have been effected by it through rebuilding and educational projects.

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