Do you remember Kony?

Let us refresh our memory and remember who Joseph Kony is?

Born in Uganda, Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. For years, the rebel group kidnapped children in northern Uganda, using the boys as fighters for his movement and raping the girls.

It’s estimated that he abducted 66,000 children and killed tens of thousands; often families of the kidnapped children.

A non-profit group called Invisible Children created a video on March 5, 2012 about the Ugandan warlord. It has turned Joseph Kony into a household name in the world, and raised concerns about his actions in Uganda.

The aim of Kony 2012 is to make the man famous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice”.

Film-maker Jason Russell says Kony is the “most wanted man in the world according to the ICC”, and his documentary aims to put the name into every household’s conversation.

The video accumulated nearly 7 million views on Vimeo within 16 days and the YouTube upload received over 43 million views in the span of 72 hours. The video reached the front page accumulating over 1,000 up votes in less than 24 hours. It subsequently reached the front page of the world politics several hours later. On March 7th, the hashtags #makekonyfamous #kony2012 and #stopkony became globally trending terms on Twitter, some of which ranked higher than New iPad, according to the Associated Press.

The Ugandan government has launched an online response to the Kony 2012 viral video, seeking to correct “false impressions” created by the film.

Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi released a nine- minute video addressing those who had watched Kony 2012 video and back the subsequent campaign.

He said the fact that Jozeph Kony is a criminal is undeniable – but the film misses a key point.

“The Kony 2012 campaign fails to make one point clear: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda,” Mbabazi stated.

The minister said Kony has not been in the country since 2006, when the national troops forced the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) out of Uganda. He added that the LRA now consists of just a couple hundred fighters, who are based in Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan.

The charity association ranked Kony 2012 as the worst charity, it has been said that Kony charity only gives 38% to Uganda and spends the rest of it traveling and making videos.

Also this video received many criticisms as: if kony is hiding, how they got a full HD close-up picture of his face. Others says that Uganda has huge amounts of oil, and that could be one of the reasons behind Kony’s campaign.

After hearing many critics about kony, Is kony real? What do you think the main goal of this campaign? After 7 months of this campaign, where is the campaign now?


4 thoughts on “Do you remember Kony?

  1. Aya, so funny you posted about this because my International Human Rights class just had a huge discussion about the Kony video and all the backlash it has received. I think the campaign is a genius idea, most people want to know how they can help and be apart of a cause and this campaign gives people an opportunity to feel like they played a role in bettering our world. However, the way they went about it was a bit off. The video was entirely too focused on Jason and his son Gavin. At first, Gavin’s cute factor totally got me, then I realized how uncomfortable I was with how he used his son in this video. Also, Kony hasn’t even been seen in Uganda in ten years. While I still believe Kony should face justice for what he has done I do not believe it is as simple as the video portrays the situation to be, which I find as the most frustrating part of the video.

    1. I totally agree with you Lindsey, the idea of the campaign was really catchy but the video was more about Jason and his son, and sure kony should be arrested (if he exist).

  2. I think that it is hard to know the true intentions behind Jasons video. Was it for the fame or was he genuinely interested in informing the pubic the hate crimes in Uganda?
    I think that the video opened up the eyes of many people about Kony. I would have never known about the horrid actions of Kony if I had not seen Jason’s video. Having said that, weeks after the video went viral, it was reported that Jason was only doing it for the fame and he was seen running around the street of San Diego, as many supposed was the cause of “reactive psychosis.”
    Regardless of Jason’s personal life, I appreciate that he informed me of the actions of Kony. However, I do not condone him taking the funding this is supposedly for the people of Uganda in order to travel around the world.

    1. agreed! Even Though he informed us about kony, he was seeking fame, but now no one is talking about kony or what he did, people are talking about jason and his scandal.

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