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For decades, Joseph Kony was infamous in human rights circles. But he became a household name after the short film Kony 2012 called for an international effort to bring the Ugandan warlord to justice. Five years later, the U.S. and Ugandan militaries are calling off the hunt. Kony remains at large.
In the Luo language, John Lacambel says, "Hello! This is Lacambel here at 102 Mega FM. It is Thursday and the time is now 10 p.m. This is Come Back Home." During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda. During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda.
It's been said that poverty in Africa has a female face but BeadforLife is trying to change that. On my last trip to Uganda, I had the opportunity to visit "Friendship Village," a community of 132 families, run mostly by single mothers who've been widowed or are living with HIV/AIDS.
Recently, physical contact was banned in Uganda. The re-emergence of Ebola, with two cases discovered in Kampala, has sparked fear in the country. And little wonder. It's a disease that could have been created by writers of a Hollywood horror movie -- a communicable disease that often causes fever, bleeding and death. But there is another disease stalking Uganda that doesn't fit the traditional images of outbreak and disease. And it's coming for the children.
Find me a movement for change that's pure in intention, unpolluted by self-interest. Mike Daisey's career may be in the toilet. Jason Russell was hospitalized, likely from being run over by the character-shredding bandwagon. We live in a world driven by self-interest and apathy. Is some action, however flawed, better than no action at all?
Though the Kony 2012 threw them into the spotlight, there's nothing new or unusual about child soldiers. Ask any Canadian veteran who faced units of Hitler Youth towards the end of WWII, and you get an idea of how dangerous these kids were, how fearless and ferocious. Sometimes the only way to deal with them is to kill them.
Achol was tall and attractive, and by the time we initially found her she had been raped and abused over 200 times. Now out of the army, she wanted to marry, but the region knew of her history and kept her at a distance.
You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about the huge problems with Kony2012. Invisible Children temporarily won the media war with a ruthlessly inaccurate, highly sentimental mediation of a war. Mercifully, though, in this social media environment, it takes less than a day to pierce that sentimentality with some perspective.
Plans to show Ugandans a widely watched YouTube video about Joseph Kony and the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army have been scrapped, after an audience at the first screening was upse...
If you were to ask General Romeo Dallaire what he thought of the KONY 2012 video, he would tell you that the scope of Joseph Kony's criminal actions wouldn't have been possible if the world had moved in such a way as to deconstruct the child weapon system before people like Kony could unleash his bloody havoc.
Stopping Kony is no longer as important as properly dealing with his tragic legacy. The ultimate way we deal with Joseph Kony is by transforming the tortured souls he left behind. Capturing him won't do that. Making the world aware of him likely won't either. In the end, it's up to you.
Invisible Children wants to make war criminal Joseph Kony a household name, and have his image plastered around the world in an attempt to raise awareness, bracelets and all. What bothers is the symbolism of this campaign. Are we really still stuck on this kind of ignorant advocacy?
Joseph Kony is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot about over the next few days due to a video titled Kony 2012, which tore up social media streams this week. Watch the video below. Part documenta...