KONY 2012

Please take 27 minutes out of your day to watch this powerful short film. Then please share it with everyone and anyone you can because the more people will get to see this, the faster we can help make this world a better, more peaceful place. The only thing that is required of you right now, is your attention.

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Background on KONY 2012

KONY 2012 is a global awareness movement meant to promote the efforts for the search and arrest of Joseph Kony.

Joseph Kony is a Ugandan Guerilla Group leader and the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) a group which engages in violent campaigns claiming to act by the will of God. Since 1986 The LRA has been responsible for the kidnapping, captivity and murders of more than 60,000 children. It has also displaced 2,000 000 people from the region with its terror tactics. The kidnapped kids, some as young as 5 years old are taken from their families by force, confined in camps by the thousands and given weapons to train in killing others. In many cases a child will be forced to go back and kill their own family, siblings and friends to prove their loyalty to the army of rebels. Kony’s child soldiers are forced to kill, rob and kidnap. Those who try to escape are severely mutilated by fellow child soldiers under the command of the elder officers and in most cases are left to die.

In 2012 a campaign group based in United States in conjunction with a Non-Profit Organization Invisible Children Inc. has released a short film which aims to raise awareness about Joseph Kony’s actions and tell the world who he is. The goal of the KONY 2012 Campaign is to make Joseph Kony ‘famous’ so that his crimes against humanity will no longer go unnoticed. By raising his profile over social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace thousands of people began demanding that the US Government take action in helping catch this despicable man. In the beginning of the campaign, the administration rejected the plea due to the nature of the conflict. You see, as horrible as Kony’s actions are, they have nothing to do with the security and well-being of the United States of America, therefore no government resources were allocated in favor of the cause.

After almost 8 years of campaigning, raising the numbers of the peace activists by the thousands, phone calls, letters, emails and meetings the filmmakers succeeded in convincing the US Government under the Obama Administration to deploy troops to aid the Ugandan Government in Joseph Kony’s capture and arrest. Joseph Kony was forced to go into hiding. He still needs to be stopped. The US Government will only continue it’s aid if the people demand it in large numbers. This is where YOU come in. Spread the word. We can collectively stop this man once and for all with the aid of the Ugandan and US Governments IF this issue is not dropped from the forefront of their attention.

MAKE KONY FAMOUS AROUND THE WORLD. It’s the only way to stop him.

Go to the KONY 2012 Website to learn more & Get Involved.

The Peace Herald Personally Thanks You.

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Free The Children

I remember one day during Grade 10 English my teacher brought in a video to show the class. The video we watched was inspiring to say the least, for me, it completely blew my mind. That video was a documentary about a 12 year old boy from Toronto named Craig who decided to become a children’s rights advocate after coming across an article about the murder of 12-year-old Pakistani factory worker Iqbal Masih. Iqbal had lost his life trying to speak out against child labour. Craig started a movement in a stand against child labour that later grew into a world class youth aid organization. Years later Free The Children has flourished into a large humanitarian movement and has helped thousands of children around the world.

You can see firsthand the amazing work Craig and his team at FTH do by watching this short video. Enjoy!

Free The Children is an international organization and youth movement founded by 12 year old Craig Keilburger in 1995. Free The Children is largely run by youth children’s rights advocates empowering the idea of children helping children. Since 1995 the charity has grown in leaps, specializing in sustainable development in countries of India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, China and beyond. One of the charity’s main goals is educating young people about the various perils faced by youth in 3rd world countries and bringing social awareness to the topics of child labor, hunger and poverty. By spreading social awareness about issues faced by youth in less fortunate regions of the world, Free The Children helps raise funds to aid young people from all corners of the planet.

You can learn more about Free The Children from their Website

Book Suggestion:

Free The Children
by Craig Keilburger with Kevin Major

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders is based out of Geneva, Switzerland. It’s a secular humanitarian-aid NGO (Non Governmental Organization) best known for its projects in developing countries and war-torn countries/regions facing endemic diseases.
 

 

Médecins Sans Frontières was created in 1971 by a small group of French Doctors and journalists in an effort to show that all people have the right to medical care regardless of economic status, race, religion or political affiliation. The name Doctors Without borders was created to show that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders.

The organization actively provides health care and medical training to populations in about 70 countries and frequently gets involved in seeking political accountability for regions they aid.
 

– Map of MSF Missions around the world.
 
MSF remains independent of any political, religious or economic powers. The majority of MSF activities are paid for with private donations.

In many countries where MSF has missions they increase the capabilities of local hospitals by improving sanitation, providing equipment and drugs, and training local hospital staff. As mentioned on their website, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recruits medical and non-medical aid workers to provide assistance in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

You can learn more about Doctors Without Borders from their Website
  

Book Suggestion:

Hope In Hell – Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders
by Dan Bortolotti


  

A warm welcome!

Thank you for stopping by.

It’s 3 minutes after midnight in Los Angeles, where I’m writing to you from right now. I’m not from LA, I live in Toronto, Canada … but I’m technically not from there either, I was born in a small republic in Central Asia. I’ve been sort of a nomad my entire life, which certainly has its ups and downs. It’s mostly been a really cool gift that has led me to invaluable experiences and meeting people from all walks of life which has led me to the idea of starting this blog. Right now I’m out chasing my dreams and molding them into reality. As I’m lucky enough to have opportunities at my door and the freedom to pursue them, I’m also acutely aware of the fact that not everyone on this planet gets the same opportunities and freedoms as my family, friends and I.

I’ve always wanted to do charity work, but it’s always been one of those “when I have enough money, time etc”, you know how it goes. The car is there, the fuel tank’s empty 😉 Well, I’ve decided to make baby steps towards my large goals which involve helping people on a grand scale and start this blog. In it I would like to feature charities/individuals and stories of helping others and making the world a better place. I would like for this blog to become a place where I can feature and help educate anyone and everyone interested in Human rights, Animal rights and Environmental causes. I want to remind myself and everyone who reads this blog of how lucky some of us are and that we are all in a position to do something positive for one another on this planet.

With that thought I officially declare the Peace Herald open! Stay tuned for features 🙂

DR.

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