Thursday, November 22, 2012

What About That Kony Dude

Culture & Society
It's amazing how we have not heard much or anything of Joseph Kony since "Kony 2012" made its debut on Youtube earlier this year. For a while Kony was the talk of the town so to speak. It says something about us that we have so quickly forgotten. We have moved on to other more salacious news items. Our attention span is poor; we get bored easily as a society, and we always want something else to keep us interested. Lost in the Kony hoopla was the more important and larger issue of the use of children as child-soldiers in at least fourteen countries around the world. In all, approximately 250,000 children, recruited by force and lured with the promise of escape from poverty in those countries, are engaged in combat, living in ways in which no child should have to live. Kony we can forget, but we cannot afford to forget those children.

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]