‘Kony 2012’ is a documentary made by the founders of the organisation ‘Invisible Children’. It focuses on Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and how he abducted children, turned them into child soldiers or sex slaves and forever deprived them of their childhood.
The film was part of one of the fastest spreading online campaign to date, with more than 65 Mio views in 6 days. The film is not uncontroversial, with critics saying it simplifies the situation in Uganda, manipulates the viewer and had the purpose to win advocators for a US-American military operation.
However, it drew massive attention to child kidnapping and the crimes of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which ultimately lead to Kony being indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes. But, to this day, nobody knows his whereabouts and authorities still hunt for him.
Just a few days ago it was reported, that 150 men stormed a school in Nigeria with machine-guns and kidnapped hundreds of students. Since then no one has heard from them.
It’s a fact, that children are most vulnerable in times of crisis. Often, they are instrumentalised like in Uganda under the Lord’s Resistance Army. The kidnapping of these students is again an infuriating reminder that our fundamental Human Right to education is not as universal as we like to believe.
'Most Shocking Second a Day Video' was created by 'Save the Children' in 2014. The alternative title of this short film is 'If London were Syria'.
The film tells the fictional story of a girl, who lives in London. It shows different videoclips of her throughout the year, starting from her birthday. During this year a political conflict in London escalates, which is why the girl and her family have to leave their home and flee from London.
The story of the film is based on the real experiences of Syrian children and was created to make the target group, which is mostly the European middle class, feel empathy towards the suffering of Syrian children by setting the civil war in an accustomed environment - London.
For children in Syria who were struggling before this COVID-19 pandemic, things have only gotten worse. After almost ten years of conflict, 4.6 million children in Syria are now malnourished. As the pandemic continues, Syrian refugee families will be pushed even further into poverty, and child labor will increase. Now, it's estimated that 2.1 million Syrian children are out of school.
There are currently 6.6 million people internally displaced in Syria and 5.6 million Syrian refugees with no place to call home.
MIRZANA BEXHETI, MELISSA MUSSA AND LUCILA PIEDRA HARRIS
Mirzana, Melissa and Lucila are German and Spanish volunteers in Praxis organisation and are involved in the Human Rights campaign.