If you have an email account, you probably have received a message from a friend or associate about the Project Kony 2012 viral video by the charity group, Invisible Children. The video, nearly a half hour long, details the horrors in Uganda committed by Joseph Kony, leader of a rebel force known as the Lord′s Resistance Army, LRA. Kony is considered the Number One international criminal for kidnapping tens of thousands of children, forcing the young boys into being soldiers and young girls into sex slaves. The video has gotten more than 34 million views on You Tube and its purpose is to draw attention and make Kony famous. But there are questions about the non-profit charity org and how they handle their finances.

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According to one of many articles on the subject, there may be something to be cautious about. Zoe Fox wrote for the website, Mashable about this in her article. She cites various sources, including that of Charity Navigator. In 2011, only about 32% of the monies collected by Invisible Children actually went to help the people of Uganda. More than that, some 39%, went for travel expenses and staff compensation. There is no external audits of their books and a general lack of transparency, according to the Zoe Fox article.

The point of the video is to create a public outrage and mobilize public support to motivate high profile celebrities, like Angelina Jolie, and politicians like Sen. Mitch McConnell, to take an active role in the arrest of Joseph Kony. It should be pointed out, however, that the United States is already involved and has had ′boots on the ground′ after a bill was passed and signed by President Barack Obama late in 2010. Some 100 U.S. military troops are in Uganda providing training and intelligence support for the capture and arrest of Kony.

Uganda, unfortunately, does not have clean hands, either. Ugandan Army has been cited by many NGO groups for committing atrocities. In 2006, the UK government suspended foreign aid due to this and the widespread corruption of the nation′s government. Uganda has been rated at 2.4 on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being the worst possible government and 10 being the cleanest.

So be careful in getting too involved in the Project Kony 2012 viral video rage to make Kony famous. The documentary film on You Tube by the charity group, Invisible Children does a good job of detailing the human suffering committed by Joseph Kony in Uganda. But there are questions to be raised about the charity′s compliance with the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Report. The atrocities performed by Kony and his Lord′s Resistance Army are indeed horrifying and demand action. But as stated above, the United States already has military advisers in Uganda for the expressed purpose of hunting Kony down and arresting him. The U.S. government officially added the LRA to its list of terrorist organizations in 2001 by then President George W. Bush.