Let’s get Kony, millions cried, relying on a viral film clip about a man they’d never heard of before:
A particularly savvy media campaign by a nonprofit group called Invisible Children has pushed a debate about Uganda and rebel leader Joseph Kony into a very bright spotlight…
How easily people can be steered to hate and to demand “something be done” about something they don’t even understand. A frightening warning of our future. Â Get who? Where? And what’s a Kony anyway?
Or is it just another Obama scam toÂ divert attention away from real problems back home?
- Invisible Children is about appealing to people’s emotions.ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
It aims to make Kony “famous” by encouraging supporters to plaster US cities with posters, in order to make the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army an issue of “national interest” to Washington.
Joseph Kony 2012: growing outrage in Uganda over film
“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.
“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”
“It is totally misleading to suggest that the war is still in Uganda,” said Fred Opolot, spokesman for the Ugandan government.
“I suspect that if that’s the impression they are making, they are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.”
Joseph Kony left Uganda in 2006. Since then, over 45,000 people have been murdered across America’s unsecured southern border.
Yeah; let’s worry about Uganda!