Well, maybe I am just completely cynical and jaded, but I first saw this posted on Facebook, and when I did it made my stomach turn a bit (reminded possibly of the bullshit hype about Libya).
It now turns out my initial [and private] disbelief was spot-on. Below you will find a video regarding Kony and the LRA by a Ugandan woman, and below that you will find a piece in the Telegraph.
The lesson here is that we CANNOT buy what people sell us at face value. I know right now it is popular to believe the regime in Syria should be booted out… but really, what do we know? What do we know from sources that lack bias? What do we know FIRST-HAND??? That’s right; NOTHING. There is a flip-side to every coin.
There is growing outrage in Uganda over a viral internet film viewed by more than 32 million people in four days that suggests Africa’s longest-running conflict is still raging in the country’s north.
It aims to make Kony “famous” by encouraging supporters to plaster US cities with posters, in order to make the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army an issue of “national interest” to Washington.
That, the video’s makers claim, will ensure funding for 100 US military advisors sent to train African armies to find Kony will continue.
“Suggesting that the answer is more military action is just wrong,” said Javie Ssozi, an influential Ugandan blogger.
“Have they thought of the consequences? Making Kony ‘famous’ could make him stronger. Arguing for more US troops could make him scared, and make him abduct more children, or go on the offensive.”
Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist specialising in peace and conflict reporting, said: “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible”.
There were criticisms that the film quoted only three Ugandans, two of them politicians, and that it spent more time showing the filmmaker’s five-year-old son being told about Joseph Kony than explaining the root causes of the conflict.
Invisible Voices has faced criticism over its finances. Of more than £6 million it spent in 2001, less than £2.3 million was for activities helping people on the ground. The rest went on “awareness programmes and products”, management, media and others.
“It is totally misleading to suggest that the war is still in Uganda,” said Fred Opolot, spokesman for the Ugandan government.
“I suspect that if that’s the impression they are making, they are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.”
Invisible Children said the video focused on Uganda because its “people and government…have a vested interest in seeing him stopped”.
“The LRA was active in Uganda for nearly 20 years, displacing 1.7 million people and abducting at least 30,000 children,” it said in statement.