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Social Power: Taking down Joseph Kony!

Children that Suffer Due to KONY

So I am am surfing the net and checking my Facebook, and see that over time I am seeing this name KONY and a link to a video.  Well after about a week I decide to click and watch this video.  I will say it was powerful.  Now I am writing this as a way to add to the message of the film, but also because it fits the content of this site.  It is an independent documentary about.. well this is the official description:

 

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

 

Joseph KONY

Director Jason Russell clearly is deeply involved in not only the film but its message.  It is well put together, consistent story telling and focuses on the message at hand.  The mission to take down someone who it not a dictator but has been able take power like some kind of drug-lord.
Now I chose to share this documentary to not only as praise for its quality but also to spread the message it tells.  To make the evil man Joseph Kony famous, in order to get understanding and support that there is someone out there who has been kidnapping children, making them kill their parents, then join his army.

The film focuses on creating a campaign to make the world know who KONY is by April.  With that they hope to get public support to have the government make moves to find and stop this man from committing more atrocities.   I invite and encourage you to view this :30 minute film and see if you would like to support its message.

Visit: http://kony2012.com
Donate to Invisible Children: https://stayclassy.org/checkout/set-donation?eid=14711

The Washington Post states:

Kony is undeniably brutal, and the World Bank estimates that under his leadership the LRA has abducted and forced around 66,000 children to fight with them during the past two decades. In October, President Obama committed 100 U.S. troops to help the Ugandan army remove Kony.

But in November, a Foreign Affairs article pointedly challenged the tactics used by Invisible Children and other nonprofits working in the region. “Such organizations have manipulated 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,” the magazine wrote.

Update:

There is a website called Visible Children that seems to argue that the tactic and he organization may be flaky and is making more money for itself then it is using for the cause.  The writer does state they have good intentions and has done some good work, but that there can be a negative effect to the publicity made by the viral video.

They state:

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 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal for an issue which arguably needs action and aid, not awareness, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they lack an external audit committee. But it goes way deeper than that.

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports 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 andhasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Lifehacker seems to have put together a great way to check if the value of you donating to Invisible Children is something You think you should do. Click here for details.

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