KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.
By Liesl Marelli
I think the essay’s message here is telling us that people do care, just not enough. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all which have potential to turn a life around” ( Leo F. Buscaglia). Because of our underestimation, we didn’t do anything to help those in need. We didn’t even try to find out about it, elaborate the thought, just thinking that our life is complicated enough already, deal with our own business and don’t care about others. However, when you needed help like these people, who are going to lend a hand to you? No one, because they usually do what you do, mind their own business. Fortunately, we still have people in our lives that care for us, we don’t have people hunting us down, making us their sex slaves or child soldiers, unlike these kids in Uganda. So to solve this problem, we should stand up against Joseph Kony, help these despondent children, and turn their world around, from completely hopeless to a fulfilling life with faith, hopes and promises, wishes that will come true. Last but not least, they should earn happiness, something they clearly never experienced before, or had been forgotten.
The image that had made my heart painful, tears swelling up my eyes, is the snapshot of hundreds of Uganda children lying on the cold damp ground, finding a safe place to sleep, running away from home to escape from rebels and laying on top of each other like dead bodies. They look so small, fragile, and vulnerable and I want to help them, I just don’t know how. Why did this happen? The reason for this incident right here is Joseph Kony. He’s the one who had abducted around 30,000 children, killing them, turning girl’s life into prostitution, young boys into child soldier, forcing them to manipulate other’s faces, deforming them. Whoever tried to escape will be captured, tormented and eventually kill. This crime has been going on for 26 years, and no one had incarcerated this malevolence criminal yet. Kony have had peace offerings, but decided against it. His group, LCR and he are gathering more people to join in forces, making this world an appalling place. The reason behind his action was shocking. He didn’t have a reason; he wants to do this because of power.
Two most shocking events that happen in the video are: at first, the US government doesn’t approve of helping these children; how the same event would happen with different outcomes. Why wouldn’t the government doesn’t approve of helping these poor kids in the first place? Did they think that those kids doesn’t matter or not worth while for their time? I think that even though as busy as they are, they should at least try to think it over or arrange some meetings , donate funds or send soldiers to help them at LEAST. I was so enraged on how they didn’t offer help in the first place, that I shut down the Kony2012 tab, and then realizing I need to watch it, I opened it again. On the other hand, if this happens one night in America, it’ll be all over the news. Why didn’t it appear on the news for years in Uganda? Why didn’t anyone help them, look for them, tell the government about this tragic event? Is it because of their skin color? Is it because the Uganda government didn’t find these children all that important to be discussed about, or do they just plainly ignored / avoid this atrocious affair?
by MaikeBorn 365
There’s one point in the video, where I gasped out loud. “They cut his neck. I saw.” (Jacob) I can’t imagine the pain Jacob has to go through, seeing someone who he loves, dies in front of him and there’s no way he could save them. I know Jacob wants revenge, wants freedom, wants happiness, but those thoughts are brushed away in this terrible situation. He said he rather die than be on Earth. He could meet his brother up in heaven; they’ll rejoin and live a happier life than now. Just those little words had made my heart quiver, shivers running through my spine, and tears are flowing endlessly out the corner of my eye. We must understand and feel sympathy about what Jacob’s going through, he’s just so pure and naive.
Medias are so important in life that you can never imagine. Moreover, people like me think that media is what we already have, oh whatever, but in reality, would you feel bored without streaming music on you-tube, watching TV, texting, calling your friends…? Of course! What makes this media more important than other sources is that they spreads ideas like wildfire. Ideas, rumors, creativity, anything can be spread worldwide if something is stated, like this. When something BIG appears, you want it. You want to find all about it, causing the media to be more important, attracting more people’s attention. I think that captions do match the photos, translating the not very native languages and help support ideas, giving examples and better judgment to the videos. The words do elaborate on the story, retelling some details, but didn’t tell the whole story. Furthermore, photo essay did a good job because everything connects, not just facts and life style, but they decided to make a serious video into something humorous, heart-breaking, and captured everyone’s attention. I wouldn’t make any changes to the video because it’s perfect. Giving us all the details and plans we need just like a television show, it’s absolutely perfect.
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.