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  1. t.matus March 9th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I found it to be more about the director than about Uganda. I stopped watching before the end. A bit American for me, perhaps.

  2. DinngMae March 9th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    It is an irrefutable fact that Joseph Kony is a ruthless warlord that kidnapped hundreds of children and turned them into child soldiers to commit atrocities across Uganda.

    The Invisible Children’s campaign to create awareness of Kony’s barbarity is a laudable effort.  However, it was a knee jerk reaction to a problem that is far more complicated than simply capturing the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

    The Invisible Children (IC), instead of helping put an end to the hostilities, asked for military intervention that propped up the Ugandan army which is equally notorious if not worse than the LRA. In effect, the capture of Kony is no guarantee that peace would reign in the region.

    Kony’s LRA is an offshoot of a broader movement in Uganda that was fighting for the rights of Acholi people. In suppressing the Acholi revolt, the Ugandan army forced thousands of people in the Acholi areas into concentration camps. While hunting Kony, the Ugandan army systematically looted, raped and infected women with HIVs, and even operated prostitution rings.

    Another factor that has to be considered is the discovery of oil in Uganda. “One of the most spectacular recent finds has been in Uganda. The reserves of the Albertine rift, which takes in the Ugandan and Congolese shores of Lake Albert… are said to need $10 billion for development. All being well, Uganda will soon become a mid-sized producer, alongside countries such as Mexico. Foreign investment in Uganda may nearly double this year to $3 billion. The country expects to earn $2 billion a year from oil by 2015.” (The Economist, May 31, 2010).

    Could it be that the West’s ultimate desire to intervene in Uganda is because of oil and not of Kony?

    The real reason why IC received two stars out of four in the Accountability and Transparency scoreboard of the watchdog Charity Navigator is because they do not have an external auditor and not due to lack of independent voters in its board of directors as they alleged. Indeed, it is highly questionable why only 30% of the total donation went directly to the very people IC was trying to help.

    The bottom line is before people put their money into IC’s pocket, it is better to have an informed decision and not an emotional decision based on the video that went viral over the internet.


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