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Did any of you hear about the Kony 2012 thing?

 

I've been giving money to there program for 3 years and i thinks it is amazing that this is FINALLY being know... but idk...

 

What do you think about it?

 

(If you have not seen it or heard about it search Kony 2012 on youtube, it is wroth your time.)

 

 

Moved to Village Square.

~Mopiece

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I am sooooo happy that you created that topic,I was about to do the same thing! :) I just learned about Kony...You know,when I saw the video it was one of those moments when words can't express the sadness and the injustice.But at the same time,words can't express the beauty oh a hope for a better world. :)

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I read a few articles about this creature, and I think he's as bad as those who advocated the apartheid movement in South Africa back in the day.

 

I really think creatures like this Kony should be brought before trial, still valuing due process though.

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So true,so true! :)

 

@Stardale I totally agree and I must say that my opinion of what should be done about Kony is MUCH more harsh :D

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While I agree that Kony is a bad dude, I'm hesitant in the US being the world super cop to get him. It took us how long to get Osama Bin Laden?

 

Also, as bad as Uganda has it, I'd prefer if there was more attention to problems back at home. We have a budget crisis, rising tuition costs for school, a war that doesn't seem to be going too well for us, SOPA/ACTA, birth control is threatened, etc. and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Well made vid but I'm gonna spend my non-existent money on more essential stuff to me, like food.

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I think that there should be awereness about this problem, and therefor the video is good, however, you should also consider reading this:

 

" I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign.

 

KONY 2012 is the product of a group called Invisible Children, a controversial activist group and not-for-profit. They’ve released 11 films, most with an accompanying bracelet colour (KONY 2012 is fittingly red), all of which focus on Joseph Kony. When we buy merch from them, when we link to their video, when we put up posters linking to their website, we support the organization. I don’t think that’s a good thing, and I’m not alone.

 

Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 31% went to their charity program (page 6)*. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.

 

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money funds the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission.

 

Still, the bulk of Invisible Children’s spending isn’t on funding African militias, but on awareness and filmmaking. Which can be great, except that Foreign Affairs has claimed that Invisible Children (among others) “manipulates facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.” He’s certainly evil, but exaggeration and manipulation to capture the public eye is unproductive, unprofessional and dishonest.

 

As Christ Blattman, a political scientist at Yale, writes on the topic of IC’s programming, “There’s also something inherently misleading, naive, maybe even dangerous, about the idea of rescuing children or saving of Africa. […] It hints uncomfortably of the White Man’s Burden. Worse, sometimes it does more than hint. The savior attitude is pervasive in advocacy, and it inevitably shapes programming. Usually misconceived programming.”

 

Still, Kony’s a bad guy, and he’s been around a while. Which is why the US has been involved in stopping him for years. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent multiple missions to capture or kill Kony over the years. And they’ve failed time and time again, each provoking a ferocious response and increased retaliative slaughter. The issue with taking out a man who uses a child army is that his bodyguards are children. Any effort to capture or kill him will almost certainly result in many children’s deaths, an impact that needs to be minimized as much as possible. Each attempt brings more retaliation. And yet Invisible Children funds this military intervention. Kony has been involved in peace talks in the past, which have fallen through. But Invisible Children is now focusing on military intervention.

 

Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re helping fund the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away. If people know this and still support Invisible Children because they feel it’s the best solution based on their knowledge and research, I have no issue with that. But I don’t think most people are in that position, and that’s a problem.

 

Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture, as hard as that is to swallow. Giving your money and public support to Invisible Children so they can spend it on funding ill-advised violent intervention and movie #12 isn’t helping. Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.

 

If you want to write to your Member of Parliament or your Senator or the President or the Prime Minister, by all means, go ahead. If you want to post about Joseph Kony’s crimes on Facebook, go ahead. But let’s keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.

 

~ Grant Oyston, visiblechildren@grantoyston.com "

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No, I think it's a horrible idea. The U.S has a horrible track record of catching people and it also has a horrible record of actually leaving the territory. Also, the problems there are nearly over, the guy hasn't been captured, but his army now number in tens. The main thing required is to rehabilitate the area, not spend resources on capturing a guy who's underground. Also, the US risks creating even more enemies if they invade the country to capture a guy

Here's a few sources for you guys to consider

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story?newsfeed=true

 

And this video by a Ugandan who knows the ground reality

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I don't think you guys have to worry about the US getting involved in Africa. The US government probably does not want to get involved. The only way I see the US getting involved is if the UN gets involved. And since the UN rarely does anything, it's not likely the US will do anything.

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Eve wrote:

 

@Stardale I totally agree and I must say that my opinion of what should be done about Kony is MUCH more harsh :D

 

 

I don't really think graver punishments than the act committed (like death penalty) solves the problem. What's the sense of due process, then? Though I should note that it depends on the judge on how he defines justice.

 

Let him live in an isolated island and live like Napoleon as he was exiled for the second time in St. Helena.

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I think it's great that the video has at least made people more aware of the challenges facing Uganda and Africa as a whole. However, yes, the video is incredibly narrow-visioned and is more sap-stories than actual content and information. Also, I had to stop the video when they were asking for people to buy "Help Kits" or whatever - how is wearing a cute bracelet going to get Kony captured? If I'm going to donate money to a cause, I don't need a bracelet in a fancy package in return.

 

Besides, it'll take more than money to end the violence in Africa. The whole situation is a mess. The continent is riddled with war, poverty, disease, and corruption. Taking out Kony is just taking out one man. The governments are corrupt, the armies are corrupt, and there are several other warlords and tyrants out there who will simply take his place.

 

Also, why is it always the U.S. who has to step in and "fix" other countries? The U.S. is struggling, too, though not in the same way Africa is. If there must be change in Africa, it'll have to be from the African people themselves, but they've been unempowered for so long that it's going to take a lot of work to give them the power to change their countries for the better.

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