Lisa Shannon: Seeing Beyond The Kony Hype
Shannon says humanitarian crimes are taking a back seat to "questions around the role of westerners advocating to end mass atrocities in Africa, as well as useful dialogue on non-profit fiscal management." While these issues are certainly important, they should not overshadow the actual subject of the video in question.
Questions about slick brand, campaign strategy, and non-profit fiscal issues aside, we owe...all who have suffered at the hands of the LRA — solid solutions. We owe them concrete steps toward capturing Kony. Dismantling his small but devastating force will require sophisticated surveillance. Cost-effective early-warning programs are needed to warn vulnerable locals of attacks. Demobilization, disarmament and reintegration efforts are available, some of them relatively simple, to help LRA abductees escape peacefully.Shannon's tireless work to help Congolese women is an example of what is truly needed in conflict areas around the world. Despite the tremendous amount of media attention that the Kony 2012 video has generated, the voices of those who are truly affected seem to be lost in the cacophony. Shannon's touching book, successful charity and moving keynotes all have one purpose—to give Congolese women the voice they deserve. Real change takes dedication, persistence, and passion.