I’ll probably do more than one post about this but here’s my thing about it right now. There’s a problem everyone has with the fact that people are just sharing it and feeling good about themselves. That these people aren’t really caring they’re just passing along information and no one wants to do the research. I get the frustration that stems from that. It’s what I went through this past summer. Many of you may know, or perhaps you don’t about a drought that took place in the summer of 2011 in East-Africa. It was the worst drought in 60 years for that region. It put literally millions at risk of starvation. It was Ramadan (the month of fasting) and I would stay up every night watching coverage on CNN and eating food to prepare for my day’s fast. Now I don’t know if it was because I was fasting at the time or just the sheer amount of people at risk of dying but this got to me in the worst way.
What really, really hurt though was no one was talking about it. Sometimes it’d trend on twitter, I never once saw a post about it on facebook. Some people may be thinking who the fuck cares if it’s on social media? The answer to that is simple, because that’s where everyone is. You can reach millions in the shortest time. I donated as much as I could for those people. They said one dollar could feed a child for a week. Just one dollar. I tweeted the link to the site every night. I posted it on facebook and I don’t think I got a single response. I was devastated. It was only a dollar and millions of people would die if we didn’t do anything. I was convinced that if any movement would cause a stir in the public it’d be this one. There was just too much at risk. Too many people, mainly children, that could die. But I was wrong. It didn’t get the exposure I thought it would. No one talked about it.
So for every Kony 2012 post I see, I keep thinking what if the drought got this exposure? How many lives could have been saved? Say if 25 of my friends on facebook saw a video about the drought and 12 of them decided to donate a dollar. That’s 12 kids right there that get to live. I don’t expect everyone to do something. I get the frustration that some may feel. But some things are too important to get smug about. Remember the drought people. Remember the millions of lives wecould have saved. Finally, millions of people are seeing the plight in Africa. For anyone who’s kept up with what happens there, this is amazing. It’s a small step towards trying to save a place that could really use us. And I don’t mean us as in the US government. I mean us as in people.