Joseph Kony – Uganda – Invisible Children 2012


The video that went viral, and has millions viewing it, but also has many people asking why?

What are the facts, and what is the purpose behind the video that has also raised millions of dollars, and for who?

In 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, sexual slavery and using children as combatants.

In 2008 the United States placed Kony on its list of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”

The Video was made by the “Invisible Children” organisation, who receive the funds from various promotion sales items.

A statement from them is:

Invisible Children said Uganda had “a vested interest in seeing [Kony] stopped,” adding, “The LRA was active in Uganda for nearly 20 years, (1986 to 2006) displacing 1.7 million people and abducting at least 30,000 children.”

In more statements from Ugandan populations:

In the town of Gulu, where Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was once focused, community health director Beatrice Mpora has said that Kony no longer reigned in the region, and that they have been free of that since 2006.  The population is now back to normal, with people planting their fields and starting businesses again.

Kony’s army fled Uganda six years ago and the strongman and his fighters are now spread throughout many neighbouring countries, it was reported.

A Ugandan journalist, Rosebell Kagumire, also says: “This video paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible.”

The Ugandan defense and army spokeperson has said that Kony was already a spent force.

A Ugandan government spokesman, in comments about the Invisible Children organisation stated: “They are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.”

Africa-based photographer Glenna Gordon described a previous IC video as “the most irresponsible act of image-making that I’d seen in a long time”.

Because of the intensified hunt for Kony, LRA forces – once thousands strong – have diminished in number, splitting into smaller groups that can travel the jungle more easily. Experts estimate the militia now has about 250 fighters.

And a reminder from Invisible Children themselves:

Invisible Children said Uganda had “a vested interest in seeing [Kony] stopped,” adding, “The LRA was active in Uganda for nearly 20 years, (1986 to 2006) displacing 1.7 million people and abducting at least 30,000 children.”

More Stories:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/ugandans-say-kony-film-is-misleading-too-late/story-e6freonf-1226295428056

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9131469/Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film.html

http://www.theweek.co.uk/africa/45782/obama-backs-kony-2012-there-anger-uganda

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/joseph-kony-and-the-international-effort-to-bring-him-to-justice/2012/01/26/gIQAYk04TQ_story.html

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/stop-kony-2012-everything-you-wanted-to-know/237630-2.html


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