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love the campiagn, but there are much better NGOs to donate your money to. These Hipsters don't know how to run a charity.
You people are idiots. If you really want to help, donate a few cents to buy malaria nets and actually help someone. Over 250 million people worldwide have malaria and 90% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Don't waste your money on this nonsense and actually help someone instead of giving yourself a boner over how awesome and caring you are by buying a GD bracelet from a bunch of hipsters.
Malaria statistics are chilling: nearly 1 million people die from malaria each year, mostly children younger than 5.
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No thanks, I already sponsor two kids through childfund. I'd much rather bring a mass murderer to justice.
85-90% at least.
I realize people expect to get paid for their work, but I don't think they should be making hundreds of thousands a year.
It's a lose/lose situation.
That part of the world isn't worth saving. The rape of children and babies (not women) has increased 400% since 2000. 1 in every 3 women have been raped, and 78% of all women in that part of the country have been raped. Not to mention that there's nothing wrong (in their view) to drag someone out in the middle of the street, bounded by rope, and hacking at him with a machete, or just setting him on fire. The muslims in that country also know a thing or two about road side bombs, so you have your terrorism, among genocide, an off-an-on civil war, and then Kony. This has been going on for decades, it's nothing new to the government...
Stopping Kony doesn't solve anything, because then another guy just steps up and takes over his role. On top of that, what politician is going to sign off on this? You will undoubtedly have to murder the kids you want to save, because these kids are going to spray you with an AK-47 if you don't shoot first. Or they will shoot RPG's at you, either way, you're going to get involved in Gorilla war fare with kids and other people.
We learned our lesson in 93 during the battle of Mogadishu when we tried to capture Mohammed Farrah Aidid, and the battle was the bloodiest involving US troops since the Vietnam war and remained so until the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004. This is a country where you just leave them alone.
And you need to realize what you want to happen may have unintended consequences that are worse than what is currently happening.
NSFW (because of a swear word), but this made me laugh my face off.
Honestly, yes. I don't want to argue against you, as I believe that we have similar view points on this topic (Donating to these guys). Yet if it's an army of children that have been terrorising people, then imo yes.
FWIW, before I came into work CBS evening news was talking about this and mentioned the charity that is running this campaign. Last year they made 13.9 million dollars and 3.3 million went to Africa, the rest was either pocketed or used for "promotional" materials. I could be a little off on the numbers as I was watching it when I went out the door but it's going to be pretty close to that.
The point is that buying into this isn't what you might think. If you buy the 20 dollar box, less than 5 bucks goes into helping these kids, the rest is "unaccounted for". There are other companies out there, trying to do the same thing that give you much better results.
Also what happens if Koney is taken? Any of you look at the rest of the list that the IOC put out? most of those names are from.... Wait for it..... Yup, you guessed it, Uganda. Where there is a power void, someone will fill it. You get rid of Koney, another warlord fills his spot, and he's doing the exact same stuff.
Fair enough but be prepared for the backlash when the evening news is reporting how US troops are killing 13 year olds on a daily basis.
Hey, if a 13 year old kid is holding my family at gun point, he's fair game. Just the way I see it. One of Humanities first instincts is self preservation.
I don't think anyone is suggesting that getting rid of Kony is going to fix Uganda. But bringing to justice a mass murderer is a just cause. We aren't going to stop the Mexican drug cartels either but I am all in favor of us going after them. I hope he is sitting in his hut right now worrying about the future. If giving them 5 dollars means that Kony gets 5 fewer minutes of sleep tonight then it's worth it to me.
Doing nothing isn't going to solve anything.
wouldn't call it a lose/lose situation at all. A life imo is always worth saving. And who are we to decide what part of africa is worth saving? Im not sure donating money to this particular organization is good/bad but something has to be done. This has been going on in Africa for years. Sure, its nothing new, and a new warlord may step in and pick up where KONY left off. That doesn't mean lives aren't meant being saved
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True, and I agree that something should be done. I just see other options as more feasable(sp)
Agreed, lets say they arrest and try Koney. He's found guilty and sentenced to life some place. Then what? What do we do where 5 years later Warlord xyz does the same exact things?
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.
I get the concern.
I would be interested to know what a "normal" charities ratio is like.
I mean what is the standard percentage of money donated that goes directly to the cause?
I can only speak from personal experience on that. When I was in the Army it was highly encouraged that you donate to some form of charitable orginization. They had a book of thousands of orginizations, with run downs of who they were what they did, etc. There was always a number next ot them and they explained to us that all of these orgainizations had opened up their financial records to the government and the number represented the percentage of donated money that went to the cause the represented. There were many (probably over 50%) that were right around 90%, and a good bit that were over 95%.
I understand your point. But doing nothing and expecting different results...........All I'm saying is we need to at least make an effort sir. My grandparents were part of the civil rights movement and always stressed to me how import an it is to try.
And it's their culture out there in South Africa. NOTHING there will ever change no matter how many Americans demand it to change.
They make Al Quada and the Taliban look like world peace keepers. And I'm not just speaking of Kony. The phrase "God doesn't live here anymore." is about that part of the world.
Don't mistake me, I'm all for some type of action. I just don't think that going half in is the way to do it. Non action is the worse possible course of action in my opinion.
well put and agreed.
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