And another thing. “I am not invisible”, tweets a teenager from the region in Uganda where Kony was active up to 6 years ago. “I am Acholi”. Which, maybe, indicates the real damage done to this childs’ peers in the US, Europe and wherever else ‘invisible children’ are trending. The publics’ strings are pulled in the name of something that cannot be seen. Or heard. We have been told about ‘voiceless’ people before, and donated money to individuals who claimed to be their rightful voices. We have swallowed that too, and felt all the better for it. Those invisible, voiceless beings make it rather easy for us to feel good about ourselves. We don’t have to observe. There is nothing to see, since this is about invisible people. And since they are most probably voiceless too, we don’t have to listen either. All we have to do is to watch and hear things presented to us by very vocal people with access to our screens and earphones. And follow them. Scary.
The Unlikely Mr Rogue (and me) is the story of Ivan Pillay, the ‘Sars rogue unit’ and the damage wrought