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KONY 2012 – a world changing movie

Written by 8 March 2012 4 Comments

The past few years we have seen revolutions go viral, huge social media protest campaigns and that really, nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Today, I saw a short movie that I felt compelled to share with as many people as possible. The movie tells the story of Jason Russell and his movement’s commitment to bring one of the world’s worst war criminals to justice. The movie to make Joseph Kony famous, not because he deserves to be celebrated, but to bring him to justice for crimes against humanity.

Joseph Kony is the leader of the rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group responsible for Africa’s longest-running armed conflict (since 1986). During these 26 years the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children in Uganda, forcing boys to become child soldiers, and girls to become sex slaves. A common strategy for LRA was to make the children kill their parents and mutilate members of their local community, making it close to impossible for the children to ever return home. The group does not have a political cause, but is continuing the terrorize the region. As a result of LRA’s crimes, Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, but has succeeded in evading capture.

To create awareness and combat Kony, Jason Russel formed TRI – a movement dedicated to the rescue of Joseph Kony’s child soldiers. Invisible Children is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with people affected by Kony and LRA’s crimes.

We support the thought behind the video and the campaign, there is no doubt that Kony and LRA has done a lot of harm, but we are aware of criticism against Invisible Children and the campaign. The organization is being criticized for sharing misleading or manipulated information, and for low accountability. Still, I think that any organization that can create this much awareness about a long ignored conflict in Northern Uganda and Africa deserves some attention. The goal is one we can all support: It’s about time Kony is put to justice!

What do you think about the campaign? Please let us know by commenting below.

Watch the video here to learn more about Kony and Jason’s battle:

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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  • paula said:

    please consider this article, it’s really important in regard of this subject!


  • kathrine said:

    thank you for sharing with us paula. critical thinking is important when looking at this campaign. one should not blindly trust everything that is being said. for more information i also recommend reading this article from the guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story or check out http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/to see another side of the story.

    there are other organizations that are doing much more for the region and those who have suffered from LRA’s violence. IC is manipulating some facts, and getting rid of Kony will not solve the problems over night, as the political situation is much more complicated than it is put out to be in this short movie. their method can also be questioned. still, the message that the indicted war criminal Kony should be put to justice – is an important one. and without this movie and campaign, there would be much less awareness.

  • Ana Eli said:

    I want to help as much as I can, just tell me what can I do? I really want to have a better worl, a pacific world for all becuase I don’t want my children to grow up in this awfull world.

  • kathrine said:

    Dear Ana Eli,

    I cannot tell you what to do, except from doing your research on the situation, and find an NGO you would like to support with time/resources (and do a background check on the organization). I do not wish to recommend any NGO in particular, as no organization is flawless and I do not have the full overview over the situation in the region. Some organizations working in the area, worth checking out are: Consiliation Resources http://www.c-r.org/, CISV International http://www.cisv.org/, Amref http://www.amref.org/, Africare http://www.africare.org/, MSF http://www.msf.org/, NRC http://www.nrc.no/, Red Cross http://www.redcrossug.org/, Plan http://plan-international.org/ and Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/. These organizations have different approaches and goals (and not all are working directly with former child soldiers), and it is up to you to find out whether you wish to sopport any of these.

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