KONY 2012: It’s More Complicated Than Just Joseph Kony

From http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-sahara...

March 8, 2012 - KONY 2012 is sweeping the internet and has gone viral.

I was one of the first bloggers to announce that Obama was sending troops into Uganda. We have since spread the 100 special forces troops into other areas of Africa. There is much more to the story than the KONY 2012 video explains. Please read this article written by Michael Deibert who has spent quite some time in Uganda and gives a different perspective on what is really going on there. Joseph Kony isn’t alone in the problems occuring in Africa. In fact the story is much more complicated than the YouTube video portrays. -JRoycroft

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Recently, a new video produced by the American NGO Invisible Children focusing on Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been making the rounds. Having just returned from the Acholi region of Northern Uganda myself, where the LRA was born, I thought I might share some of my thoughts on the subject, for what it’s worth. Kony is a grotesque war criminal, to be sure, but the Ugandan government currently in power also came to power through the use of kadogo(child soldiers) and fought alongside militias employing child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, something that Invisible Children seem wilfully ignorant of. I think it is easy for Invisible Children and other self-aggrandizing foreigners to make the entire story of the last 30 years of Northern Uganda about Joseph Kony, but there is a history of the relationship between the Acholi people from whom the LRA emerged and the central government in Kampala that is a little more complicated than that.

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