Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Are you ready to open your ears and eyes to Kony? I dare you to watch.

Every now and again something none beauty related comes along and I feel the need to share.  I'll be honest, I saw this trending on twitter this morning, and though.. 'oh another beauty blogger on the charity band wagon, asking for money, no doubt for a good cause...'.  There are LOTS of good causes, and it is impossible to support every single one.  It is a personal choice.  This is not a charity video as such....

I just settled down and thought, ok I'll watch a minute or two and get the basics so I know what twitter is going on about........ I watched the whole thing.  I couldn't not take my eyes away.  I don't know why more people don't know about this.  It is not a 'give us your money' plea, it is a very well thought out, personal and factual account of something which has no place in the 21st century.  I can't explain it better than the video, but I hope that you will watch with your ears and eyes and maybe learn something.

Please watch the video before judging.  Make up your own mind on whether you want to act, repost, share, tell your friend etc.  It's very thought provoking but the decision is always yours.



Normal posting will resume tomorrow.  Thank you for watching.

9 comments:

  1. I did a post on Kony this morning as well. It's really shocking and I just wanted to donate. I feel this topic should get a lot, a lot of attention all over the world.

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    1. I hope so- I think there will be lots of posts popping up over the next few days so hopefully this will make people watch and make themselves aware of the world we live in. xx

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  2. I hope this does not just turn into a viral thing, and people forget about it. We managed to kill Bin Laden, Ghaddafi, Sadam Hussein, we can kill this man. We can capture, and give Africans their lives back. We can't bring the children back from the dead, but we can help that children, adults, babies, do not die needlessly, and that they can live their lives, how they please. Just like us.

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    1. Me too- but people educating themselves is the first part of the battle. I'm not sure what happens after capture- it is not my fate to decide, but I think that helping the country help themselves and protect themselves is the key idea. I get quite uncomfortable when people thing that using money to fix a problem is the answer. Using money to help people help themselves is far better I think- but that's just my thoughts! xx

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  3. I've heard about Uganda before. If you ever watch the show "Facing Trauma," there was a woman who escaped Uganda, but her lips were mutilated and heavily scarred. The plastic surgeon, who does pro bono surgery for domestic violence victims, took her as a patient. He wasn't able to fix all of her face (it is impossible as the scar tissue is so deep and the mutilation was so severe), but the work he managed to do was AMAZING. I cried watching the episode because all she wanted to do was smile and he gave her the ability to smile. I mean, I CRIED (and I have a hard time associating with people, so that tells you something.) My mom ended up crying too because we're very aware of the situation for women in Uganda. She was able to spread the word of her country's plight more easily because she wasn't burdened by scars that prevented her from talking.

    I cry when I think about Uganda, but I can't invest my time in it. For me, my charity work is with animal rehabilitation and shelters, premature babies and women shelters. That's where my history is and where I feel the most invested in. I believe that charity work should come from the heart. I definitely have to repost the video on my Facebook, but I definitely can't donate. If I take on one more, my heart will break apart!

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    1. Hi Katie, I havent seen that show, but I think it would make me cry a lot too. It's horrific when people are effected by horrible things just because of where they where born.

      Charity and causes are a very personal thing, and I think it is important to give back to something, but the choice is always personal. A donation of time is just as important as money. Kony is more of a 'making people aware' rather than trying to fix it with money. Its great that you support rehabilitation, shelters and premature babies. Four very good causes :) xx

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    2. The show is actually quite inspiring. My mom came from a home with a lot of domestic abuse, but no one ever cares about the women who survive that situation, especially the ones with scarring or burns. The way this plastic surgeon changes these women's lives is amazing. I don't cry very much for people, but that one got to me.

      I can't find any full episodes (because sometimes it's great to share a tear-jerker show that's inspiring), but you can watch clips and learn about Dr. Jacono here: http://health.discovery.com/tv/facing-trauma/ It's really frustrating that the UK and the US don't have the same shows! The big fictional shows like House, Lost and stuff you get, but none of the cool or inspiring non-fiction ones (like none of you get Intervention! FRUSTRATION!)

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  4. I first heard about this a couple of days ago via Tumblr. I donated straight away and have shared the video all over the place. More people need to know. I cried my eyes out watching the video.

    It was brave of you to post this here, as some people don't seem to care about world affairs, but I feel it's the right thing to do xoxo

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    1. Hi Leah, I think that people do tend to bury their heads about a lot of issues. The fact this video is making people think is excellent. There are many ways to put pressure on the government to help, and there are many charities who try to help out there. It's just important that people support what they feel in their heart (like Katie says above). For me I was unaware that this was still going on, and there are a whole generation now who don't know anything about it. Time to share it and make people aware that this sort of thing exists and that it is our job to raise questions about things like this.

      What is also important in a case liek this is that people do their research and know the best way they can personally help, and which petition to sign/charity to donate to :)

      xx

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