May 20, 2013
Joseph Kony and the ‘Visible Children’
Posted on Mar 7, 2012
Update 2: And now it’s Invisible Children’s turn to respond to the criticism against them, some of which is captured below. Read their full statement here.
Update: Grant Oyston, a sociology and political science student at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, has some pressing concerns about the leaders of Invisible Children, the nonprofit group that is trying to launch a global manhunt for Ugandan guerrilla chief Joseph Kony.
From Oyston’s blog, “Visible Children”:
Over the last two decades, Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony has forced more than 60,000 kidnapped children to kill for him and made some into sex slaves—crimes that have put him atop the International Criminal Court’s most-wanted list. This is the year nonprofit crusaders Invisible Children say they’ll stop him.
The campaign to bring Kony to justice gets a boost with the video below. Over the course of half an hour, we meet a boy who escaped from Kony’s army, the filmmaker and activist who helped the boy, and a number of officials involved in the hunt. We also learn of the grass-roots efforts made by thousands of people in recent years to build a mass movement capable of forcing governments to stop widespread murder.
While touchingly made and noble in its cause, the film falls short of explaining how U.S. and other nations’ policies help to create monsters like Kony. It is a well-intentioned propaganda piece that may well help catch a criminal, but will do little to help the public understand the conditions that enabled him to dominate and terrorize a region—conditions that will not disappear even if and when he is found. —ARK
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