Kenyon Student in Uganda on Kony 2012

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The following piece was written by James Plunkett ’13, who is currently studying in Uganda.

I am writing in the hope of showing the other side of Invisible Children’s newest viral humanitarian campaign, Kony 2012. The American non-governmental organization that was started by three 20-somethings with a camera about 10 years ago has just released a new video that calls for the mobilization of youth worldwide to arrest Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who has terrorized northern Uganda for the last 20 years. It is both impossible and simply unhelpful to ascertain the real motivation behind this newest campaign, whether it be the end of conflict in East Africa or simply to flaunt the accomplishments of Invisible Children, but what is important to highlight is the total lack of factual integrity and ignorance of the reality of the conflict that the new video involves.

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