something i wrote...
I agree that what joseph kony is doing uganda is horrible, completely. It is disgusting and sad. But before we go and support what IC is doing there are some red flags that are out there.
Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public.
Of the $8.9 million they spent in 2011, this is the breakdown:
$1.7 million in US employee salaries
... $357,000 in Film costs
$850,000 in Production costs
$685,000 in Computer equipement
$244,000 in "professional services" (DC lobbyists)
$1.07 million in travel expenses
$400,000 in office rent in San Diego
$16,000 in Entertainment etc...
Only 2.8 million (31%) made it to their charity program (which is further whittled down by local Ugandan government officials)
What do the children actually get?
Charity Navigator is a global organization that rates charities for their help and causes and most importantly their commitment to their pledge.
They rate IC at a 2/4, that is 50%. just a bit lower then my bio test average. In my opinion, thats awful.
Think 31% is still better then nothing? Yes it is, but a number that low, has a backround story to it. There has to be.
Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re helping fund the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away.
This Kony thing simply shows the fuel that social media has today. 200 years ago there were less people living on the world than there are now with a social media account. Why hasnt the genocide in Darfur gotten this much news? thousands die every single day yet i dont see profile pictures of Save Darfur.
The fact is that kony has been doing this for 20 years. Until 2 days ago i myself have been ignorant to the topic. Changing your profile picture, attending an event will not change it. It is great that we all care, we all are connected and i would love for the crisis to stop just as much as anyone else would. The fact of the matter is the LRA movement left Uganda in 2006.
I for one do not want my own soldiers walking into a battlefield to die. I am all for help and i am all for stopping the LRA and their completely unethical killings of people. But social media was a bit too late on this one, and i just wanted to bring attention to a red flag that the 10 million plus people who watched the video probably didnt know.
Accept the fact the sometimes you are the pigeon and sometimes you are the statue.
You put on your boots, click into your bindings, dust the snow off your skis, and head out for the chair, and it doesn't matter that you failed a test, didn't get the girl, or that your life is on a one way trip down the shitter, your world is right for the next couple of hours.
"Happiness is only real when shared" Chris mccandless