I am not sure where Invisible Children stands in comparison to other organizations, but I thought this blog was very interesting. It talks about how people should not blindly donate to Invisible Children because it is not the organization it appears to be. It spends money frivolously on filming and traveling and only 31 percent on the cause itself, according to the blog. It also says that the organization does not have its finances independently audited and has taken a photo with Sudan People’s Liberation Army, which is similar to the LRA.

Now, I cannot speak about the organization itself, but I can speak about the cause. Child soldiers is a VERY real problem and it has destroyed millions of children’s lives. And while many countries have stopped using child soldiers since the enactment of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, there are still quite a few countries who depend on them, like Uganda.

Joseph Krony has used child soldiers in the LRA for over two decades, and in 2005 the ICC indicted him for war crimes. However, he has evaded being captured since. Krony is still very much at large and needs to be captured and held accountable for his crimes.

Raising awareness about the cause- whether the organization is reliable or not- is very important and I think the video does an amazing job at tugging at the heart and emotions of everyone who watches it. So, in that regard Invisible Children has done its job. In the matter of two days it has made Krony’s name basically a household one as the video has spread through Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter and other social media sites.

As for actually donating to the cause- if what this blog is saying is true, then I believe there are other organizations that are more reliable. Those are the organizations that people should donate to. But I really cannot speak about that. The only word of advice I do have is that people need to take ending the use of child soldiers seriously because it is a very real problem, especially in Africa. And as for donating, I would always suggest researching how an organization or non-profit spends their money because some organizations do not spend the money on direct relief.

Related articles:

Who is Kony?

Young Aussies Promoting Kony 2012

Kony 2012: Changing the World, One Tweet at a Time

Visible Children

Invisible Children’s “Stop Kony” Campaign

Kony 2012: Viral Video for the Misinformed?

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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