Kony 2012

So I’m sure that most of you have heard of a campaign run by the NGO Invisible Children called “Kony 2012.” The campaign has lead to a lot of thought, both inspiring people to get involved and drawing criticism from many others. Initially, after watching the video I felt strongly that this campaign was a great way for people our age to truly make a difference. But after doing some research I found that many Ugandans are amongst the harshest critics of this campaign. A man named Alan Kasujja, a prominent radio host in Uganda, put forth the idea on his twitter account that NGO’s (or Non-governmental organizations), such as Invisible Children, are in fact quite similar to pre-colonial missionaries. Seeing as we recently looked at pre-colonial missionaries in India I thought this would be a fitting blog post. I want to make it clear that I am not trying to either support Kony 2012 or attack it, I just want to know what you all think about this comparison and the Ugandans’ reaction in general. Here’s a link to see some more Ugandans’ thoughts. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/03/uganda-kony-2012-reaction.html.

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2 Responses to Kony 2012

  1. S.Turk says:

    I agree that the people of Uganda are no longer terrorized by the LRA and are actually accepting any LRA who return home under the apathy laws. I completely support the ideals of Invisible Children and Kony 2012 but I disagree with their methods. Rasising awareness of the problem is good, but I have read that they want to send military advisers over to Africa to train the military to better fight the LRA. This is what many people are angry about. People don’t want to replace violence with more violence. At the end of the Invisible Children movie we saw how they had begun setting up radio links and other peaceful ways for keeping people safe from the LRA, why would they want to change their plans? It is obviously working, as Cony’s military strength is at an all-time low, but why would going to Africa to kill him change anything? Sure you have rid the world of a terrible, terrible man, but at what cost? Sure the US would not be directly involved, but thats the same as saying that the man who was showing the shooter where to point the gun is not involved in an assassination. Again, I am fully behind the idea of stopping suffering of the people of Central Africa, but the way that this group is going about getting this done is something that I cannot stand behind.

  2. StoryBird says:

    I am also very interested in this whole problem. I have done some poking around on the internet on Invisible Children and have found that is not as honest as it seems. I have seem the 30 minute video that I think you are talking about and I agree that is a powerful video. I am sure that the motive of Invisible Children are good but apparently something like 70% of the money that is donated to them is put to good use. Unfortunately this is the case with many charities so it is good to do some investigating before donating to a charity. I found this article on Invisible Children that was pretty eye opening.

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