Many people have already weighed in on the Kony2012 campaign launched by Invisible Children, but there are so many lessons it offers to other activists and cause-related NGOs that it is worth revisiting with a critical eye. After all, although we may not want to admit it (or we may think it is…
It is a long read, but it is a most interesting read and analysis at the problems faced by those campaigning for social justice, whether it be for KONY2012 or other cause-related NGOs.
7 April 2012
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The famine is the worst emergency to hit Somalia for a generation. The U.N. has appealed for $1 billion and has got $779 million so far.
But aid still doesn’t reach many of the starving. Islamist militias battling the weak U.N.-backed government have forbidden many aid agencies to operate in their territory, exacerbating the effects of a severe drought.
“So even after their parents have struggled through the mud, have made it past the militias and have staggered into the hospital, it is still too late for many,” said [Sirat] Amin [a nurse-nutritionist with the International Rescue Committee who has been monitoring Minhaj’s progress].
“I’m coping with it but sometimes it’s heartbreaking. People are suffering. Sometimes they die in front of you,” he said. “Sometimes you want to help but the numbers are just so high. There are just so many.”
But seeing children like Minhaj recover gives him the strength to go on. - AP (via)