If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the Kony 2012 video. Al has it up on his blog. Even if you’ve already heard bad things about it and Invisible Children, the group that made it, go watch it. You should know what goes on in other parts of the world, and this will tell you more than most of the media you’re likely to come into contact with.
Once you’ve done that, read the Visible Children tumblr. It will give you background the video won’t, both on the situation in Uganda and on Invisible Children’s goals as an organization. Note that the site has its own problems, including a mention of the White Man’s Burden problem that happens only in passing when it needs some space of its own on this topic. If you don’t feel comfortable with Invisible Children after reading, the tumblr also gives you some other options for taking action, namely providing more direct aid to the people affected by what’s going on.
Then head over to Justice in Conflict, a blog that problematizes the notion of unilateral justice in situations like these. They have provided the best primer on the complicated situation in Uganda that I’ve seen. They are also the only people I’ve noticed who understand something that Greta Christina is good at pointing out: The victims and the victimizers in any situation are often one and the same.
I can’t and won’t tell you what to do about Kony or about Uganda. I don’t have good answers. What I can tell you is that we may have the luxury to ignore conflicts in Africa, but that doesn’t mean we don’t play a part. If you’re reading this, you have a hand in what goes on there. It’s time to start education yourself about what that means.