Grr, Moderator, my rant was in response to some other people. Please make thier posts firsts. I don't want to be known as the starter of this thread as I didn't start the discussion.
People need to read this before they get too carried away with this issue.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -film.html
Ugandans are really pissed off because the info in the doco is around 6 years old, Kony isn't even in Uganda anymore.
“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.
“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”
“Suggesting that the answer is more military action is just wrong,” said Javie Ssozi, an influential Ugandan blogger.
“Have they thought of the consequences? Making Kony ‘famous’ could make him stronger. Arguing for more US troops could make him scared, and make him abduct more children, or go on the offensive.”
Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist specialising in peace and conflict reporting, said: “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible”.
Daily Telegraph - Half the news, half the time.
First question I want to ask: Is Invisible Children wrong for trying to bring attention to this issue?
I wish the Daily Tele report there had the rest of the story. Kony see's himself as a freedom fighter. He see's the Ugandan government as corrupt and, well, I agree with him. Infact, I agree pretty much with the majority of Kony's cause. However his methods don't justify his cause, and well, he's an **** and should be "arrested" (to most people, this means killed).
1) Uganda has rich natural resources.
2) Uganda is enduring a harsh dictatorship.
1, 2) Ugandan Government aren't going to appreciate the whole world shoving their nose into their business.
3) The Movie DOES SAY Kony is no longer in Uganda, but often in South Sudan and Kenya.
4) The Ugandan Government have already accepted 100 US Military Advisors.
5) InvisibleChildren do acknowledge there many solutions will be required, remember they've been involved in this for 10 years. Kony2012 is 1 solution, of many offered by InvisibleChildren.
Keep in mind the whole purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness. It's a propaganda campaign. That's all it is. They are not a charity, they are not a political organisation. It's about manipulating the masses, nothing else.
The question we need to ask ourselves is: "Do I agree with this message?".
Personally, I do agree with the message. Many of my friends are form, or are regularly in Somalia, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Ethiopia. All of Africa is in trouble right now, not just Uganda. Corruption and poverty are a huge problem all over the continent. You cannot solve poverty with guns. We've seen that many this this year in Somalia. We've seen that many times in the past decade in Zimbabwe.
I don't believe 'the people' should encourage the US to take on more of a 'world police' role. The US already believe they have a right to invade any country for any reason they decide breaches 'National Security'. A better solution would be to take this issue to the UN. This brings new problems I refuse to go into, but it's the right path to take.
If people feel geniounly affected enough to take action, legitimate charities like The Salvation Army (whom I am heavily involved with in Melbourne), operate in Uganda, Kenya and to a limited capacity in Sudan. World Vision, another Christian Charity have been operating in the area for years. You can donate or if you've got the time and guts, volunteer. It's not hard to find easy, legit ways to get involved.
But Kony2012 campaign is nothing more than publicty, to raise awareness of the issue. They probably will make profit from it, so what. They're not a charity. They are going to cop backlash from the Ugandan Government, so what, they're part of the problem.