11 days and 80 million hits later, one thing is clear: the Invisible Children campaign has succeeded in one of its primary objectives, to make Joseph Kony “famous.” Whether this is a good thing is what has troubled so many. For an organization whose numbers have been dwindling for years, is taking down the LRA an idea “whose time has come; whose time is now?” (quoted from the YouTube video). I’m not really keen on jumping back on this bandwagon, as I do concede that anything that can get millions of youths to “look up from their iPhones” is a good thing (though I don’t agree with a great deal of what Kristof writes in that article). Nevertheless, I’ve come across a few additional articles on the Kony 2012 phenomenon that merit a share…
Alex de Waal is at it again, this time answering those who take issue with his criticisms of the Kony 2012 campaign by asking “so what would you do about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army?” His response? To go through the nine-point approach of the 2006 International Crisis Group step-by-step, rating the effectiveness of each point. His conclusion?
African and international efforts have already solved most of the problems associated with the LRA and the conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda, and are making progress in the remaining areas. Let’s keep up those efforts.
Nevertheless, it looks like Uganda is spear-heading a renewed drive to capture Kony. Given their track record the last time they tried to hunt Kony down, is this really something we want…?
On a more light-hearted, but nevertheless important, note about Kony 2012, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi, recently tweeted several of the high-profile celebrities who had jumped on the Kony 2012 bandwagon. His message?
As PM of Uganda,I appreciate your interest & invite you to visit.We have peace,stability & great people.
Well played, sir. Well played.