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IHOP logoAccording to a press release from IHOP, the eatery will be giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 5th.

The free flapjacks serve a dual purpose: celebrate National Pancake Day and hopefully raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

AP file Photo: Joseph Kony photographed in July 2006 

Being an African immigrant, a portion of my personal Facebook newsfeed has an international flair with posts by friends about trends and news from the continent.

In the past week, I noticed a lot of my Facebook friends sharing a video about Joseph Kony and a charity’s urgent request to help stop him and his group, the  Lord’s Resistance Army. The charity that made the mini-documentary is called Invisible Children. They state their mission as:

invisible children is a movement seeking to end the conflict in uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers.


Today, another friend posted about the charity’s Kony 2012 mission with a link to Daily Kos. The Kos post urges people not to support the charity:

Out of $8,894,632 they spent, only $2,810,681 of that went to directly helping people. The rest went to Invisible Children making films, traveling around, paying employees, and whatever else they do that they don’t want other people to know about.

First off, I Googled Kony to find out more about this man and learn about some of his alleged crimes. The Daily Telegraph writes:

Kony was the first man the (International Criminal) Court charged, and he faces indictments on 33 crimes including murder, sexual enslavement, rape and attacking civilians.

Wow. There is a definite need for him to be prosecuted.

I started researching the Invisble Children charity now. The Washington Post published this piece a few hours ago:

But in November, a Foreign Affairs article pointedly challenged the tactics used by Invisible Children and other nonprofits working in the region. “Such organizations have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil,” the magazine wrote.

It seems like many other media folks are asking the same questions I am in the past few hours: Who is Joseph Kony and what is the Invisible Children charity. Links from:

CBS News

Huffington Post

Chicago Sun Times

Twitter has two trending topics related to Kony today: #stopkony and Invisible Children

Many charities tend to undergo scrutiny as to how their funds are distributed. I’m not sure I can ascertain all the pros and cons of Invisble Children. But they have definitely succeeded in shedding light to some of the atrocities happening in Uganda and publicizing Joseph Kony. Heck, yours truly (a blog in Knoxville) is writing about it.