My name is Ashraf and I am not a terrorist


Since my last post, my blog has seen nearly 300 hits.  Wow.  I have to say thank you to everyone who’s willing to listen to what I have to say and passing it along… For a Jersey chick with a template-blog that works for no one, 300 is a lot.

In fact, I’m starting to think about maybe turning this into my one and only job in life.  Writing, informing.  Of course, that remains to be seen as my Pakistani mother is currently acting as if Karachi is under siege… Perhaps I shouldn’t have told her what I’ve been thinking.

But to follow up on a few things people have been saying… Invisible Children is not a scam.  Does a significant chunk not go to Africa? Yes. But it goes to their films.  IC is not primarily a charity– their main goal is to raise awareness.  That money goes to their films which, as you can see, have made a big impact.

In fact, give Invisible Children a chance to address all criticism here.

One thing the latest viral video you’re all watching did not address is that while Kony may be now just doing everything he is for power, in the beginning the LRA did have a purpose.  Pretty much, Uganda’s seen a lot of ethnic conflicts and civil war… A woman by the name of Alice Auma started the Holy Spirit Movement, which pretty much advocated Acholi (an ethnic group in Uganda) interests by saying she was a prophet receiving the word of God… Kony came along and kind of started copying her, adding violence into the mix and thus bringing about the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Hold the phone there. Lord’s. Resistance. Army. The Lord. As in Christ. Kony and his men portray themselves as a Christian movement, fighting for their people in the name of God… Sound familiar?

But you never hear anyone call all Christians terrorists, now do you?

Ab imo pectore,



About Syjil

Syjil is a Pakistani-American journalist and struggling-to-stay-up-to-date blogger. An avid Harry Potter geek with a train wreck of thoughts and a mouth that won’t stop running, Syjil’s blogs, poems, and fiction often address politics, social issues, Islam, desi culture, and things people don’t want to hear. Currently, she is Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. She is also working on a novel, but won't say much more than that.

4 responses »

  1. Yeah, 300 is a lot of hits. Congrats.

    Journalism’s been what you’ve wanted to do for as long as I’ve known you. Might as well go for it, it’s your dream and all. At least you’ll have a business degree to go along with it, so you’re mom can’t say that it’ll be too hard to find a job even if it’s not the one you want. Hey, if you change your mind later, it’s not like there’s an age limit on Med School.

    Yeah, from what I gather from the video, their ultimate goal is to actually catch Kony and take down his organization. Kill the problem at the source. And just helping those he hurt doesn’t do that very efficiently. Getting the government to go in and take him down might actually work. And to do that, you need the government to care which means making a bunch of people care. Once he’s taken down, then helping the people he’s hurt becomes a priority.

    Yeah, but the thing is, he’s centered in Uganda, while Muslim terrorists decided to come over and attack the United States. Unfortunately, people here generally don’t care enough about what’s happening there to actually make the connection. Plus, a very large part of the Unites States is Christian, and you don’t exactly see Muslims calling all Muslims terrorists.


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