Quinte, On. real estate agent: Are You Unconvinced About the Power of Social Media?

Are You Unconvinced About the Power of Social Media?

Firstly, I can't praise the organization Invisible Children enough. They are a tireless group of young people dedicated to ending the war in Northern Uganda and bringing the Child Soldiers home.

The movement started in 2003 when 3 young film makers from California went to Africa without any particular plan in mind. The three young men, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, and Jason Russell returned home with a remarkable story to tell. Africa's longest running and probably least publicized conflict is the one in Northern Uganda. It's not a very sexy conflict, there's no oil, no diamonds, no Muslims or communists to demonize, just people. Perhaps this is why so little is known about this conflict which has been running for 25 years. There are about 1.6 million people stuck in Internally Displaced Persons camps, and the unsanitary conditions are killing them at a rate of about one thousand per week. Approximately 60% of the girls in these camps have been sexually abused, and there's one toilet for every 4000 people. They are in these camps for "their own protection". The reason? One man named Joseph Kony and his rag tag army, The "Lord's Resistance Army"

It's impossible to know how many children have been kidnapped by this crew. Perhaps as many as 50,000. We will never know. The children of northern Uganda became known as the night commuters, because every night tens of thousands of them would walk for miles to find safe places to sleep, and then walk back home again in the morning. The people of northern Uganda were caught between a vicious rebel army who wanted to steal their children and a government who coveted their land and wanted them to disappear (the Acholi people are an ethnic minority). There was nobody to speak for them.

The three young lads from California came home and made a documentary called "Invisible Children". Determined to be a voice for these disenfranchised people, they used the power of the internet to launch their movie to a wider audience. By word of mouth and the power of the internet this movie became a cause as the children of North America embraced the message. This cause became an organization. The organization is built on social networking, blogging, tweeting, facebooking, and young people with limited budgets keeping in touch with one another the only way they could afford. They would organize rallys, and prompt one another to activity, they would badger and pester their representatives in parliament and congress until their voices could be heard. They would tweet, plurk, myspace, badger, bother and encourage one another into action. Guess what? Their voices were heard.

Yesterday the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act passed through Congress and it now only awaits President Obama's signature. Here's how that was done

Is there anybody out there that is still unconvinced about the power that social media has in the world today? Congratulations to the dedicated crew at Invisible Children, each and every one of you is truly an inspiration to me.

Comment balloon 7 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 14 2010 01:39PM


Very powerful!    I hope it all goes well and as planned.  Good for you for helping out!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 9 years ago


This is incredibel. I was unaware of all this. Thanks for the post.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

It is mind blowing the atrocities that are being committed by humans to fellow humans in other countries. This should be taught in our schools. We need to make our children in the land of plenty, safety and human rights more aware of what others endure. Only good can come from this knowledge. Lets hope the seal of approval comes soon.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, You always seem to be in touch with these issues. I so appreciate you bringing them to our attention.  Thank you so much for caring and sharing in the constant and consistent way you do. 

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) about 9 years ago

Dagny Eason Wilton and area of Fairfield County Real Estate (William Raveis) Thank you Dagny, I'm sure things will go as planned. They are a very persistent group.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Thans Brian, it is pretty incredible to think that these young people can make such a huge difference.

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) Ellie, you are so correct. We are such an insular society, we are doing our children a disservice by not teaching them what goes on around the world, they do not realize the special place they occupy and the power they have to change things.

Larry Lawfer (EXIT Realty Metro Dallas)Thank you very much Larry, I appreciate that. I know I'm a bit of a broken record sometimes, but it's what I like to write about.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Malcolm - it is interesting that you are so active on so many fronts - more people should follow that example!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog - Clearwater & Pinellas County Florida Real Estate (Charles Rutenberg Realty) It gets me out of the house Barbara-Jo.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago