Thursday, March 8, 2012

I am a visible child from Northern Uganda. Who are the “Invisible Children”?

Having grown up in Northern Uganda, Lango sub region to be more specific and studied at St. Mary’s College Aboke, a school from which Joseph Kony’s rebels abducted 139 girls in ordinary level, the name Kony is not new to me.
For the 4 years that I spent in that school (1999-2002), together with other students, I remember praying the Rosary at the School Grotto on daily basis and in the process, reading out the names of the 30 girl who had remained in captivity after Sr. Rachelle an Italian Nun together with a Ugandan teacher John Bosco rescued only 109 of them.
An annual date (10th Oct) was set aside and dedicated to prayers for all the captives. All we did on that day, was pray for the girls to be realized from captivity. For all those four years, I had never heard of an organisation called “Invisible children”A (Was founded later) But all I heard, were the stories from some of the girls and children who had escaped from captivity. In 2002 alone, I could count the number of days I spent at school as we kept on going back home because of the threats and rumours from the villagers around (Abongodero and otwal areas) that the rebels wanted to abduct more girls.
#Stopkony: A joke or a wakeup call?
I had traveled to western Uganda for field work on issues of Maternal health when I first read a tweet using my mobile phones from @Natabaalo a journalist friend here in Uganda on Tuesday 06/03/2012 with the hash tag (#stopkony). For a moment, I treated it as a joke until I read many more talking about ‘Uganda’ and ‘Kony’ as topics trending worldwide on twitter. Being a social media enthusiast, I rushed to facebook to cross check and find out if a similar discussion was going on.  I was shocked to find a video shared on my wall by an old girl of St. Mary’s College Aboke (Bernadette Manisula Nagita) who works as a communications person with Invisible Children here in Uganda. This was the message that accompanied the video that has now gone Viral.

Trusting you will do more than just watch....help spread the word..... I watched the video and sent her my feeback  So what exactly am I supposed to do with this video? Share? Not me dear. For the first 5 minutes I had no idea what the video was about until I later on saw the old images of LRA and attentively listened.
As the discussion grew on twitter, I realised that the internet has indeed become part of everyday life and has played an increasing role in the delivery of news about issues that concern citizen. Today, a new form of internet journalism –Citizen Journalism has taken root and many ordinary citizens have learnt how to argument, report and fact-check videos like #Kony2012.
Just like @RosebellK another Journalist in Peace & Conflict here in Uganda, I have problems with this video because it not only tarnishes Ugandan’s image but also undermines the effort that different Governments and peace lovers like ArchBishop Baptist Odama of Gulu put in, to have peace talks that could bring this war to an end. It totally portrays the hopelessness of Ugandans to help themselves out of this situation and the intervention of some Americans who “care” so much about the plight of the children in Northern Uganda. I tend to think that it is a one man show video. "Invisible children might be advocating for a good Cause but used a very wrong Approach" like @jssozi put it.
I hardly doubt that the people of Northern, Eastern and West Nile regions in Uganda, the most affected by this war have any idea that a video talking about their plight has gone viral on the internet. It’s 2012 and the people of Northern and eastern Uganda are in the post conflict era and re-settling. Why doesn’t the video at least give a brief  highlight of this current situation rather than threaten the entire globe with out-dated information? Does “Invisible Children” have an idea what impression of Uganda has been portrayed to a world that still believes Idi Amin is alive and still terrorising us? What will happen to our tourism sector?  Below are some of the interesting reactions;
  • James  Akena: (Reuters PhotoJournalist in Uganda from Gulu) reacting to BBC Qn:
What will happen if Joseph Kony is not killed or captured by December 31st? My government and its military commanders gave many deadlines for capturing or killing this madman several times and they failed. Equally these young Americans trying out to become famous out of sufering of my people will surely fail as well!!! James Akena.
  • Marcus Wagenaar(From Netherlands but working in Uganda)
"To all who have watched the video KONY 2012 that has made the rounds of the internet: Uganda is a very safe place (I live there) and was voted top 1 tourist destination for 2012 by Lonely Planet. The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) was defeated in 2006 and the Nothern region of Uganda has been stable and safe ever since. (I've been there twice in the last 12 months). And the most important thing: JOSEPH KONY IS NOT IN UGANDA, I repeat, he is NOT in Uganda. Please don't let internet propaganda shape your opinion about a far away country you know nothing about.
  • James Wire(Ugandan)
InvisibleChildren is probably paving way for some foreign interests that want 2 monitor Uganda 's oil under the pretext of military aid.
The invisible Children effort 2 commercialise the Kony atrocities is a disgrace to us in Uganda. They must be seeking relevance. #KONY2012

Invisible Children either has to make another video that depicts the real truth and the real issues or apologize to the people of Uganda and the VISIBLE CHILDREN affected by war for such a misrepresentation. For now, our focus is on the nodding head disease.

65 comments:

  1. It was clear in the video that Kony is no longer in Uganda and that he had moved northwest into other countries. This article is vulgar, ignorant, and shameful.

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    1. Anon please try and read some facts before insulting people who know much better than u

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    2. I know this comment is late to the party, but it's sickening to see these disclaimers for the Kony video. The video mentioned this fact just briefly, and to a casual onlooker it was far from clear. Just for reference, here is Josh Keating's synopsis:

      But in the new film, Invisible Children has made virtually no effort to inform. Only once, at 15:01 in the movie, over an image of a red blob on a map leaving Northern Uganda and heading West, is the fact that the LRA is no longer in Uganda mentioned, and only in passing:

      "As the LRA begain to move into other countries, Jacob [one of the children filmed in Northern Uganda in 2003] and other Ugandans came to the US to speak on behalf of all people suffering because of Kony. Even though Uganda was relatively safe they felt compelled to tell the world that Kony was still out there and had to be stopped."

      Yes, it was mentioned, but in the context of shifting focus so that most casual onlookers will not even have noticed. It's a substantial omission.

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  2. Anon. You're telling a person who actually lives in Uganda and has lived thought this that she is ignorant? You are absurd.

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  3. This article is ridiculous. Obviously the guys that made the video don't want to become famous. They want the cruelty to stop. Nothing in that video said that Uganda is helpless, just that American is trying to help them become stronger. Obviously the LRA/Kony hasn't been beaten or there would be nothing to report on. These guys have footage of kids carrying guns around. They have talked to some of the kids that have escaped who have said how afraid they are/were. And that video talked about the things happening up until December so obviously they are keeping current information. We get you have pride, but don't live in denial that everything is fixed.

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    1. You're clearly the typical American who thinks that the world wants us to come and police their problems. As the article said, it is an insult. The arguments you make are childish. "These guys have footage of kids carrying guns". Of course they do but are they recent videos? And no one is saying that Kony did not commit horrific crimes, but the article states that they are moving past that chapter in Ugandan history. You are caught up in the re-blog, re-lie, re-tweet culture that defines our young adults in the US.

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    2. What cruelty to stop? The one that ended long time ago? People are trying to live, get better with their lives,....why are you trying to distort that? Who are you anyway? Reveal yourself!

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    3. Okay Anon, answer me this:

      If they weren't seeking celebrity and relevance, why did they put their own faces and their own children in the video?

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    4. P.S.

      Thank you Maureen for providing this unbelievably valuable inside voice on the matter. I've linked to this article on every KONY2012 video I could find, we need more voices from inside Uganda to be heard.

      As an American who prides himself from being different from the masses (actually researches for himself) it has been terrifying to watch the blind acceptance unfold throughout this social media firestorm which is really just a call to arms for MORE military spending and MORE weapons.

      I hope one day we will learn our lesson, I only hope that the lesson doesn't come in the form of innocent people losing their lives.

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    5. That's true Travis. And it's good to always do research so that you are lied to. Thanks that we have Americans like you who think differently. Many need to be educated about the facts.

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    6. @anonymous: you represent one of the worst aspects of this whole IC video and their fans. You don't want to listen to people from Uganda that have direct experience of the LRA and have different ideas about how to resolve the situation. The IC video doesn't even mention people like Archbishop Odama and other peacemakers, and doesn't deal with the violence of the UPDF...IC has created ignorance not awareness

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  4. Thanks for this article and your insights and those of others actually on the ground. Activism is great, as is educating oneself about the issues plaguing our planet, but misinformation is dangerous, as is the idea that solutions are as easy as "raising awareness."

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  5. I love the anons coming on here and spreading hate.
    Don't take out your frustrations on the author because she is making light of the fact that IC gypped you out of 30 bucks.
    How. Dare. You. speak to her like that? Challenging her information and life experience with a 30 minute biased video?
    You have much to learn, anon. Shame on you.

    On another note, much love and respect to the author and her cause. So happy that there's people with real knowledge about the situation speaking on its behalf, rather than the standard American thinking they know what needs to be done on a country that is not their own.

    Cheers!

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    1. Totally agree - thank you for summing it up better than I can. Full respect to this author

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    2. Thanks La Mexicana and Ed Pomfret. You clearly see that we have lots of Anons.. to educate about the real situation here.

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    3. Hey, if at least one learns at least one actual fact about this whole situation (e.g., that IC is full of it) then a small battle is won :)

      Thanks again for writing this. It is definitely a priceless insight into what the real situation looks like, and I'm glad that there's people like you fighting for this cause (your cause) and not just outsiders trying to call the shots. It's about time the IC types give up the spotlight to the people that KNOW what needs to be done.

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  6. Is there any surprise that Anonymous is anonymous? Now, Mr/Ms Anonymous, if you are one of the do-gooders, kindly go and HELP yourself out of ignorance and stop this 'helping' nonsense! The problem again is that those who worship Rihanna and P.Diddy have no time to get names on their faces and to read deeper than their emotions which as evidenced by the visible corruption of Invisible Children have been fleeced!

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  7. ''Oh yes, Americans stepping in as the Messiahs'..They have left a trail of destruction wherever they have been. Ask the people of Vietnam, Iraq, Libya & Afghanistan..Ug has Oil, China's influence is increasing and Geopolitical significance are the real issues behind the story. I'm excited about the relentless efforts put in by Ugandans & all well wishers in debunking this sumplistic viral video. Bravo Citizen journalism.

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  8. I would just like to say, I am not sending money to Invisible Children, I know better than to jump on a bandwagon for the sake of it... however, as a Canadian citizen, I wanted you to know that in watching that video I *did not* get the impression that Ugandan's were helpless, or that they weren't rebuilding and able to thrive. What I got from that video was knowledge that somewhere on our planet, there is a man and a regime that is terrorizing children. I am glad for this video, in that it informs the public of a human rights issue -- a HUMAN rights issue. Maybe they aren't the exact, correct charity to support... but at least it is getting many people to research what is happening in the world outside their safe little bubbles, and that will lead to greater help for those who DO need it... in countries where the LRA is STILL kidnapping or hurting children in an atrocious manner.

    To me, this isn't just about Uganda... this is about a problem that we should all be informed about. It is our voices, collectively and worldwide, that will push policymakers and those with power (worldwide) to open their eyes,and stop this from happening. I didn't even KNOW this was going on, unfortunately, and I am 26. My entire life someone has been kidnapping and terrorizing children, and it was not on my radar. It's on my radar now, and I care that it's happening -- no matter where in the world that is. I believe that humans are strong, worldwide. I also believe that it takes people in positions of power to make major changes happen. To that end, I firmly believe it takes "the little guys" like us, with connected voices as a global community united online this way, to push people in positions of power. Once we care, once "the public" cares, atrocities that need to be stopped cannot be ignored.

    I'm not challenging your life experiences here and I hope my comment will not be read that way, but I think it's better to get people moving when there's trouble out there, rather than be complacent. This is not an issue about a country, this is an issue about the basic human right of living a peaceful life, and that someone and some regime is taking that away from these children and their families.

    Again, I'm not specifically supporting Invisible Children, but I do believe they did a good thing in making the world see the importance of this issue in general. I believe it is good to ask the youth of the world to use their voices to empower change for the better - to teach them how to be strong, as the leaders of tomorrow. We are family, we are a global village, we need to care for each other somehow.

    Of course the solutions are not "easy", but until masses of people are informed, how will we ever find out what solutions could be developed? Awareness is the seed of action, and it cannot be underestimated.

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    1. I totally agree with you Ms. Key but why now? Why should invisible Children make it appear like the war which eneded 6 years ago is still going on in Uganda? Why don't they acknowledge the effort of local leaders? Why don't they mobilize the youth from Uganda or Africa to fight for this CAUSE? Why should it seem that the US soldiers who were recently sent to Uganda are the ultimate "saviours"? The questions are so many......

      Well, they created awareness, which was a good thing but I still say, they did not do it right. I think Africans should be "Saved" with dignity and respect and not through manipulative information.

      Otherwise thank you so much for your contribution Ms. Key. I appreciate and do respect your opinion.

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  9. Ms.Key, my sentiments exactly.

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  10. Nowhere in that video did I get the impression that Uganda was helpless or unsafe. I got the impression that spreading awareness of a problem that people not living in Uganda were only marginally aware of was important. I got the impression that there were US troops there not attempting to fight directly nor take over another country but assist the armies in capturing a very dangerous man. It would be great if the armies could have taken him out but look how many years it's been of him running around, if he is even still active now (because there are so many different stories knocking around). I would never run off and give my money to some random organisation just so I could feel like I did something, and I would discourage anyone I know to give away their money without doing research, but I feel that even this small effort helps to educate people. It reminds those of us not living in those areas that there are things going on in the world that are bigger than the silly things celebrities do daily.

    It's about time that people in Africa stop complaining about the poor image of them portrayed by western media and produce their own videos showing the other side of what it's really like. If we go back a few years there was no Youtube and no TED but now there is. The resources are there, utilise them. I'm certainly very curious each of the African nations but I don't have the money or time to fly out there now. Take inspiration from how quickly that from that video spread and upload your own videos to Youtube instead of dismissing someone else's effort to highlight what they think is a problem.

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    1. "The indirect perspective we get from the video is that the Ugandans fit the one-dimensional “African” stereotype: poor, helpless and dependent"

      How many times have you watched anything positive being reported by international media about Uganda? The talk about Kony, Poverty, Idi Amin, prosecution of Gay ect. Even when our sport personalities win Gold medals, it is just mentioned briefly why is it so? Invisible Children should acknowledge Local effort and respect the authorities in Uganda. Listen to what The Army spokesman said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJbsiYyU0v4

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  11. I very much agree with Ms key. The issue here is definitely not just about Uganda or tourism per se, but the plight of the children, their right to live a peaceful life without threats and fear. Because if you only train your eyes in a single corner you won't actually see the whole view.

    When I watched the video, personally It didn't register to me as a 'one man show video' as I was actually moved not by the narrator's circuitous narration but by the story of the boy named Jacob recalling how he/they escaped for their lives and how he had witnessed the grisly killing nay butchering of his sibling by the rebels. I can only imagine what he felt that time.

    If not one of the Ugandan government's previous attempts to have peace talks with the LRA panned out before then when will it happen? When will Uganda attain real peace and not something imaginary? Will the Uganda government still wait for Kony to regain power and come back and kill more innocent people? Come to think of it.

    If there is a way to stop that Kony guy, it is no other than capture him and put him behind bars or worse death sentence if only to match the degree of the crimes he did. Now tell me when is the right time?

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    1. Let me throw a question to you, WHY NOW?

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  12. Well I trust the integrity of a Ugandan who has lived it rather than that of a Canadian who has only watched it. A Canadian so ignorant to global issues she only JUST realised that this type of thing happens in the world!! Hello, where have you been?!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your empirically based perspective Maureen. It was nice to read your blog and also to see the not quite so experienced opinions of those whom have also shared their thoughts.

    Whilst there can be value found in the thoughts and ideas of most, I personally feel safer with the integrity of those that know (and have known) about this issue from experience, rather than follow the trail of thoughts from those whom have only just woken up from their ignorant slumber and now suddenly feel qualified to speak!

    SilentRio

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  13. Thank you! Thank you! Your voice is what I have been searching the internet for all day. A woman from Uganda. An informed and intelligent woman. I also read this today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9131469/Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film.html
    It states almost exactly what you habe conveyed here. I was immediately suspicious of the intent of this video when I saw the merchandising tie in.

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  14. Thanks for this article. It would be wonderful if your article and @RosebellK's video went viral just as this Kony 2012 video did. I find it sad in this day and age with so many people relying on the internet and social media like oxygen, that many do not take the time to use the same devices to research and question what pops up in the feed. Like many above have stated, I feel more informed by what you have stated here and will definitely come back to your blog.

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  15. Your perspective is crucial and I'm glad you shared it. However, I just can't stay with you when you lament the impact this will have on Ugandan's tourism industry...

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    1. That's a fact. I dare any American who has never left the US to think of Uganda as a destination for whatever reason. The video should have had a disclaimer that "This is what used to happen"

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    2. Maureen is probably right - not too much depth in people's thinking. But I must say that it's had the reverse effect on me, no thanks to the Kony2012 video. The people working now to spread a more balanced message of reality are posting pictures and videos, including - gasp! - white folks chilling out with local Ugandan friends in various towns and holiday resorts, etc in Uganda. Weird huh, considering there's a war and all.

      There's hope yet, and none of these recent dispatches seems to bear any resemblance to the Uganda that Kony2012 portrays. That's odd, don't you think?

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  16. I think as Africans, we need to put stronger efforts into solving our problems and building a stronger society so that we don't fall victims to these misrepresentations; if we don't do it, then you will have the likes of these ignorant people coming all over to tell our story and perpetuate the same old narrative of Africa. I think we will never win the media war and negative perceptions of Africa. We better look inward instead of outward to a world that has a fixed and immovable view of us. There's a good reason why some regimes provide "minders" for Western journalists. They see what they want see and what they want to see is the worst in your society.

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  17. Crying women and kids will strike at the feeling of self-righteousness. The video was filmed in 2003. Invisible children is just making profit... C'mon, they are making you buy a pack with a wristband... and DONATE.. then it says.. DONATE to TRY.. so pathetic. The whole video is basically "GAVIN" DO U KNOW WHO THIS IS? Shows a picture of Kony..End of story.

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  18. @Adam_mukendi: We have to be very careful when taking position on such issues, especially wars/rebellions in central Africa which serve interests of the west. The #Kony2012 may well be a strategy to shift cards or validate a planned action. War in DR Congo has shown us how interests of the west do prevail over lives of children and women in Africa. Therefore we must question the intention of #Kony2012 video considering low moral/ethic of the author as in this pic: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-PnDZmngAhM/Sa_KBGNySiI/AAAAAAAAAJY/uBOfiAysghs/s1600-h/IMG_2941.JPG

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  19. One thing i fail to understand is Ugandans (I am one, living in Uganda)and all the critics who keep saying the Kony is not in Uganda- true the idiot fled long ago, but he is committing the same crimes he did against Ugandans in other countries (something stated well in the video). Does this make Ugandan less human enough to care for other people where Kony is terrorizing? Why is the Ugandan army in Somalia? dont we have the responsibility to protect and care for humanity everywhere? Despite the ills of IC, how abt looking at the bigger picture to finally uproot Kony from the region? What does that make of geopolitics when the Congolese and CARepulic people see a Uganda madman murdering them in all directions??

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    1. I guess as long as he isn't in Uganda committing those attrocious crimes, Ugandans don't care!!! Its now someone else's problem.

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  20. I am glad that this video has gone viral whether Kony is still in Uganda or not is irrelevant. The fact is, 1) it has made people aware of what is going on 2) it's important that Kony is caught so he can stop hurting children in other countries. I agree with most of what Ms Key said in a earlier post. Africans are proud and hate to be portrayed in a negative light. Like someone suggested above, if you don't want to be portrayed in that way, use social media to change that perception. There is nothing to stop you from doing this but your own mindset. I will not support the fundraising efforts of Invisible children but I am glad the video has gone viral to raise awareness. If we achieve nothing else, at least the rest of the world knows who he is and what he has done.

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  21. Good to read your words, Maureen. I was also disturbed by the video, for reasons similar to yours. If only voices like yours could reach as many people as the voices of those who made the video. Not only is it emotionally manipulative and distorted, but of the $9 million spent in 2011, only 31% actually went towards the charity programme.

    There are many deserving causes around to give money to, but theirs isn't one of them.

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    1. Totally agree with you on the moany deserving causes out there. That money needs to be used for re-settling people who were affected by the war because we now in the post conflict era.

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  22. I'm not sure what to believe any more... i just know i donated out the kindness of my heart to this web site http://invisiblechildrenstore.myshopify.com/ and im not sure if its all a scam? Even if Uganda is doing better, i like to help REAL charity's. I'm in the United states and kids here don't know how good they have it.

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  23. What an interesting addition to the conversation from Maureen!

    I work at BeadforLife, a Ugandan NGO, and I think it’s amazing that over 50 million people have seen Kony 2012. Wherever you stand on this controversy, we think people talking about the best way to stop warlords and help people affected by conflict is a good thing. BeadforLife directly serves women who have been brutalized by Kony in Northern Uganda.

    For anyone who wants to DIRECTLY help women harmed by Kony, check out BeadforLife . org. We serve 5,600+ people by creating income generating opportunities, like purchasing their shea nuts. Our efforts empower them to improve their farms, address health concerns and support their families.

    Support the women who were affected by Kony. Host a free and easy BeadParty to share beautiful paper beads and wonderful shea products with your friends and communities.

    www . beadforlife . org /beadparty .html

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  24. Maureen, Thank you for writing this! I am an American who has had the privilege of having lived in Africa in my youth and I have been back a couple of times as an adult. I watched the video and initially thought it was brilliant. After the messages of the video settled in, I started to question. One video, one message, does not depict a whole country, this I understand. The way we Americans do things are very different from the way Ugandans would approach this subject matter. I can see how it could be extremely irritating and loud as we Americans have a tendency to be.

    However, whether it be Uganda, Kenya, Sudan or any other country in the world including the U.S. these types of crimes need to stop. The best way to do that is to raise awareness. I don't agree with all the messages that the video sent but it rose awareness nonetheless. It served that purpose.

    As we become more of a global society, understanding another culture even thousands of miles away is crucial. This video didn't do that, not was that the intention but I do believe when videos or news is sent out there should not be a misinterpretation of the country either. I am sure many who watched the video have never even heard of Uganda and the beauty and the way of life. These are things that infuriate me. If you are so inclined I wrote a blog post about a TED talk I watched by Leslie Dodson http://jocelynblagues.blogspot.com/. As an American citizen with a humanitarian nature at heart I do what I can do to help those who are in need but I also want to raise awareness of the beauty and life in other cultures.

    Jocelyn

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    1. Thank you so much Jocelyn. It's great to learn that you have been to Uganda and you clearly undersatnd why many Ugandans reacted to that video the way they did. Invisible Children has a good cause, but the approach used and the message sent through that vidoe was just not representative of the real current situation here. Atleast he should have put a disclaimer at the begining of the video. I will read your blog too. Thx.

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  25. Some Ugandan needs to go to America and do something about the Occupy Movement! the real Invisible people seem to be the American Poor!

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  26. ugandans keep your eyes and hands on the oil - that's what this is about. military occupation and confiscation! africa unite!

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  27. Thank you so much for this article. I'm from Brazil and I'm doing some research and getting educated about what's going on in Uganda before joining this Kony 2012 project. I think everyone should get educated about stuff before spreading videos and projects.
    It was really helpful to get a point of view of someone that is actually living through this.

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  28. This movement is simply trying to stop Kony, the issue here is not at all undermining the effort that different Governments and peace lovers "have been putting" into achieving piece, its simply STOPING THAT BASTARD, so why can't they all support this instead of fighting it??

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    1. Try looking at it from this perspective - The supposed impetus to stop Kony is coming from a US-based charity, that claims legitimacy on the basis of some work that they've done in Uganda. Ugandan's aren't screaming out for the help of the USA, the IC charity, and your wristbands - if you read up on Uganda you'll find the Ugandan army has already chased Kony out, and there has been a sustained peace effort which is finally bringing results.

      Now, if Ugandans are finally enjoying stability, and Kony doesn't really matter, then neither does the Invisible Children charity, which consumes about $6-8m a year making films and videos - the core skills of it's founders.

      The only way they can keep doing what they're doing - I'm amazed at their prolific video output - it's about all they do - is to convince people that they alone are the key to an as-yet unacknolwledged globally significant crisis. No crisis, no Kony - no donations to Invisible Children.

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  29. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this video. As someone who has never been to Uganda, I appreciate getter additional views into what the true situation is now.

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  30. Maureen,
    Well written. I enjoyed reading this post.My family (we're from Lango)was outraged...it's really amazing to read stories of reclaiming our own stories. Well done.

    Arao Ameny

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  31. It pains me to always visit your blog only to find it domant. Please try to update as often as possible.

    If it encourages you, i would like to let you know that i have nominated your blog for the "Sunshine Bloggers Award". You tackle real issues and impact many. Please keep up the good work.

    To check out your nomination, follow the link below please! http://echwaluphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/many-many-many-thanks/

    Enjoy the moment.

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  32. Maureen, what pains any visitor to your blog is the inconsistency with which you blog.

    You blog on ICT, Women, Agriculture among others but very irregularly! Imagine being provided with a newspaper to read once in a month?

    My simple appeal is to look for that time to put something up. We, who follow your work closely would love to be regularly updated.

    Whether this should be that kick to have you blogging again, i have nominated your blog for the “Sunshine Bloggers Award 2012”. Please, this is nothing compared to your abilities. Keep up the good work Maureen.

    Enjoy the moment.

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  33. Maureen, what pains any visitor to your blog is the inconsistency with which you blog.

    You blog on ICT, Women, Agriculture among others but very irregularly! Imagine being provided with a newspaper to read once in a month?

    My simple appeal is to look for that time to put something up. We, who follow your work closely would love to be regularly updated.

    Whether this should be that kick to have you blogging again, i have nominated your blog for the “Sunshine Bloggers Award 2012”. Please, this is nothing compared to your abilities.

    Keep up the good work Maureen.

    Enjoy the moment.

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  34. Maureen, what pains any visitor to your blog is the inconsistency with which you blog.

    You blog on ICT, Women, Agriculture among others but very irregularly! Imagine being provided with a newspaper to read once in a month?

    My simple appeal is to look for that time to put something up. We, who follow your work closely would love to be regularly updated.

    Whether this should be that kick to have you blogging again, i have nominated your blog for the “Sunshine Bloggers Award 2012”. Please, this is nothing compared to your abilities.Follow the link to check it out- http://echwaluphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/many-many-many-thanks/

    Keep up the good work Maureen.

    Enjoy the moment.

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    1. Thank you Edward for the Wake -up call. I am still transferring the content to word press and I will make sure I head to your advice of consistence. I am totally humbled by the nomination. it's indeed a kick :D

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  35. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!
    mawaddainternationalaid

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  36. First off, I would just like to say thank you for all the insight and causing this young adult's mind to question a lot. with that being stated, I am not insulting or accusing anyone of anything. I have done my research and have found that there are several countries that are suffering around the world. Looking into invisible children, there are several groups that were created by kids who had heard of invisible children and were motivated to do something in their own communities. I am not bashing here, just stating a fact. I thought the video was meant to motivate people to realize there is a world out there that desires a type of life that every human has a right to live(I am american, yes, but am not ignorant), and why shouldn't they be able to live in a peaceful and safe environment. Yes, the video clips and information is outdated, but when in our social media is it not? The time and effort put into making the video probably took years, so with that in mind, maybe when they were creating the video it was happening then, now though it seems outdated. Please don't become upset with those who saw a video that encourages teens to realize that just because they are not in a position of power doesn't mean they can not use their voice, their time, and their ideas to help others. Everyone has a right to speak their mind, and this is just what I thought. I was intrigued by what everyone has said, and what some people have posted has made me think. But I will end this with a question: if this motivates teens and young adults who are generally consumed with social media into researching for themselves and taking a stand for things happening in their community instead of what was the latest tweet or facebook status, then who are we to say no to that?

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