When we started the adoption process, Brian and I both agreed that our first adoption would be from Africa. I researched the countries open to international adoption- Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana.... and then I started reading about the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And my heart was broken in two.
One of the poorest countries in the world.
Wracked by civil war.
Young boys made to be child soldiers.
Labeled the MOST unsafe place in the world to be a woman.
Known as the rape capital of the world.
It was sickening.
And much of it is due to a man named Joseph Kony.
He has wreaked havoc on the people of Uganda, DRC, Central African Republic, and the Sudan for the last three decades.
He is the leader of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army).
He has orchestrated mass destruction of villages, families, and the lives of young children.
Boys as young a toddlers taught to kill their own families.
Girls as young as toddlers used as sex slaves.
Much of it has gone UNNOTICED.
Which is UNACCEPTABLE.
I wrote a post last June about what the LRA has just done in the Sudan. And it was appalling.
It will make you sick to your stomach.
The Invisible Children organization has been working for a decade to let the world know that these atrocities are occurring.
I'm so excited to announce that they have begun a new campaign to bring fresh light to Joseph Kony. The hope is to let the world know who this evil man is in order to bring him to justice. He is NUMBER ONE on the list of most wanted war criminals in the WORLD.
Please take some time to watch this video to learn more about this man and what we can DO to stop him and bring freedom for the children of the DRC, Sudan, Uganda, and Central African Republic.
KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.
The world needs to know this man's name.
The world needs to know what he has done.
The world needs to do something about it.