Kony 2012: Have you seen it? What do you think?

In our world where it seems like everyone and their mother is on Facebook, it’s understandable why Invisible Children is utilizing the power of social media to take down dictator, and head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. I have seen his name pop up on Twitter over the past week, but my friend just sent me the video called Kony 2012 last night. And with that, she sent me an article attacking the video, and asked me, “What do you think?” And now, I’m doing just that to you readers. I’m interested to find out, if you have seen the video, what you think about the campaign. Take a look at the criticisms and see if they change your opinion.

Criticisms/Curation of Comments:

Why you should feel awkward about the Kony2012 video

To stay as far away as possible from Kony2012

Huffington Post Recap on the Kony2012 Video

The Guardian’s Kony 2012: what’s the real story?

I think anyone with a conscience would find the senseless killings and the kidnapping of child soldiers to be horrendous war crimes. And, the fact that he was put on the ICC’s list as the number one most wanted criminal should say something. How many people up until now have heard of Kony? Why hasn’t the world done more to stop him? I think Joseph Kony should be arrested and taken before the ICC.

On the other hand, it seems like the Ugandan government hasn’t been held accountable in this video. And then there is the attack on Invisible Children. Yes, I’ve seen their salaries. And that doesn’t bother me so much. And yes, I know that they’ve spent a ton of money on travel, but hey, isn’t their main purpose of the organization to make videos and raise awareness about the Lord’s Resistance Army? That being said, I think it’s ridiculous for an NGO to spend money on first-class airline tickets. The difference in Econcomy and First-class round trip to Africa, is the difference in whether they send more child soldiers back to school in Uganda. It sounds like they have some accountability issues as well.

So, what’s your opinion?? Is Invisible Children’s campaign a good one? Are they targeting the right moves by supporting the Ugandan Army to capture Kony? Should they be spending their money on rebuilding Uganda rather than trying to capture Kony? Is this just a campaign to make Invisible Children rich? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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