Uganda’s Response to Kony 2012 Campaign

In a NPR interview in 2012 with British reporter Michael Wilkerson–who has lived and done many reports in Uganda–revealed many interesting opinons on the Kony 2012 campaign.

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While Wilkerson agrees that the LRA is a terrible group that has committed many atrocities but makes the point that they had not been active in Northern Uganda since early 2006. The film only briefly mentions this fact but skips over how he is “a tiny force scattered in a vast jungle area across three countries” so it is not as easy as making a video and deciding to stop Kony theres a lot more effort involved as well as consequences. Such consequences would be conflict stemming from the feeling LRA like what occurred in the Congo in 2009. Another convoluted factoid is that Kony has an army of 30,000 children, the film gives the audience the impression that there is currently 30,000 children in captivity when in reality the number spans from 25 years. Wilkerson did not believe that this misinterpretation was not too terrible as it increased the spread of the film and the knowledge of the LRA and its attacks. While coming from Uganda Wilkinson strayed from giving Invisible Children a negative light for their overall mission but did criticized their actions in order to reach their goals.

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3 responses to “Uganda’s Response to Kony 2012 Campaign

  • vcahen

    I agree with your post and I think it’s interesting to witness how social media turned a story so viral yet it wasn’t what the people wanted, and then I think it was a serious issue with the creator himself and his sleazy decisions.

  • jdywest7

    I agree with your post as well. I was never a fan of Invisible Children and their use of propaganda to help create a movement of young blind followers.

  • dolson2110

    Agreed. This project seemed to become the epitome of “white americans helping the poor in Africa,” completely overlooking the voices of the people. However, I do want to highlight a point mentioned in a class discussion. Looking at the positives, they did succeed at getting peoples attention and spreading the word. I believe the statistic was something like 68% of young adults aged 15-25 (or so) had heard of Kony in a poll, which means they were successful at advertising and raising awareness. Therefore, although they have many areas subject to criticism, other projects and programs should look to some of the methods they used when spreading the word and fundraising-could be helpful!

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