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Some Thoughts on The "Kony 2012" Video




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Over the last few weeks I have seen many links and posts highlighting the “Kony 2012” video. I was at first surprised, as far as I had read, Joseph Kony hasn’t been in Uganda since 2006.


It is true that Joseph Kony is the leader of the “Lord’s Resistance Army” it is also true that he is a very evil man, who spearheaded the killing, torture, rape and abduction of children from Northern Uganda, to use as soldiers and slaves in the LRA. It is also true that he still uses children as slaves and soldiers.


Where the video is very misleading, is the fact that Kony has not been in Uganda in the last six years, and that he and the LRA are not as powerful as they once were. Are they still a threat to the lives of others? yes, but children for the most part, are no longer Night Walkers. Night_Walkers The life of these children is still horrific, but not in the way being portrayed in the “Kony 2012” video.


Which brings me to “Invisible Children” the organization behind the video, who would like you to open your purses and wallets. I am always very careful as to where my donations go. I want my money to be used, as far as it is possible, for those who need it most.


”Invisible Children” caught my attention, in the first place because I knew the story regarding Joseph Kony. When I looked further I saw that only about a third of the money donated goes to those who need it most! Financial Red flag for me.


I can’t answer to why this organization, at this time, has such a slick video asking for your money to find Kony. I have no idea what they think they can do to find him, when the USA already has 100 advisors, helping the Ugandan Military. From what I have read, finding Kony has not, and will not, be easy. I very much doubt “Invisible Children” can make a difference in determining that outcome, that would appear to be a very complex issue. I question the making of this video, at this time.


Having said the above, I do want to be clear that Joseph Kony is a very evil man, one who has caused unbearable suffering to countless children, some who with his capture, could possibly return home to their families. I just can’t see a way that that outcome can be achieved by donating to “Invisible Children” at this time.


Below are a few links I have found, which might help in understanding the situation.


Guest_Post.


Unpacking_Kony_2012.


Jezebel

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ocotillo_dawn
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Wow. Good to know informed people on the internet.

In general, I'm highly skeptical of emotional vids to ask for money. This, unfortunately, means I don't donate to some worthy causes, so that's not actually a smug response I've given.

This makes me sad. :(

I hope the makers of the video are at least well-intentioned, not just skeezy crooks.

(yes, the response assumes your assessment is correct, but I'd bet money you called it).

Hi Liz!
twicet
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
don't have a problem with charity videos as long as I know they are correct in their information, and that they have a sound financial history.

I might not have even looked at this, had I now been aware of the Kony history.

Not sure as to the makers intentions at all, but check the link xanthe posted further down, It was on the news last night.

I think many have called this one.:) and Hi to you, hope the semester is going well.:))
lab_jazz
Mar. 17th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
That video came up a couple of times on my flist. The first time someone commented and refuted the information in the video and supplied links showing that the organisation was dodgy.

I wish when people came across that sort of emotive video or post that urges people to pass it on to show that they care, that they would actually do a little research instead of just re-posting.

I was pissed about the underlying message that if I didn't pass it on, it meant that I didn't care about small children forced to be soldiers.
twicet
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I must have missed the one where someone refuted the information in the video. I was suspicious because I know the Kony history, I have friends in Uganda, and other countries in Africa.

I don't mind charity videos or those to make us aware of something, and I will re-post as long as I am sure the content is valid.

Agree re the indication that if we don't pass stuff on, it means we don't care, I hate that, I'm much more likely to ignore it then. Anything to do with young children has the potential to be very emotional, adds to our feeling of we must do something.

Check the link xanthe posted below, it was on the news last night.
lab_jazz
Mar. 18th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I must have missed the one where someone refuted the information in the video

It wasn't anyone you knew so it wouldn't have come up on your flist.

I checked the link...that wasn't very good publicity for the company.
twicet
Mar. 18th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
I saw it on last night's news. It certainly won't help the company image!
xanthe
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for this. I had real reservations about that video and did some digging myself. Mostly my spidey senses were set off by how incredibly self-indulgent and self-promoting it was. When little Gavin said that Daddy's job was 'to catch the bad guys' then I almost stopped watching then and there. There was some good stuff in the video but to me it was drowned out by the self-promotion and that made me wonder if the organisation that made it could be entirely serious and pukka. I've watched a lot of charity videos over the years and I've never seen one quite like *that* before in terms of self-insertion.

So yeah - none of this surprises me.
twicet
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
I might have not looked further, except that I know the Kony history, and I knew he hadn't been seen in Uganda since 2006.

The video itself was well done, but the fact of using his son in that way set off alarms for me, it was as you say very self-indulgent. I just couldn't get my head around the fact that all of this did happen, and was horrible, but it was several years ago, and if they didn't have up to date information on what was happening, why the video, what were they going to do, that wasn't already being done?

The more I looked into it the more suspicious I became.
xanthe
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
twicet
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this link. I did see an item on the news last night. As you say very weird!
spike7451
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all this information, I am always wary of who I donate to for that self same reason, I want to know my money is really being used to help people not mostly spent on "admin" costs and the like.

twicet
Mar. 23rd, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
I find that kind of emotional journalism, often fails when it comes to hard, accurate facts!

I think the financial picture here is certainly a red flag as to how this organization is run.

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