Mar 9, 2012

Joseph Kony’s campaign that had got rapid attention on the internet was hurriedly followed by criticisms of the Invisible Children organization, including its aid-spending practices, a controversial photo of the NGO’s members posing with guns and the project’s neo-colonial undertones.

Ugandan Jacob Acaye, the child abductee featured in the video, however says the world needs to know about war waged by Joseph Kony and is still going on elsewhere in Africa like Central African Republic and the DRC.

“Now what was happening in Gulu is still going on elsewhere in the Central African Republic and in Congo. What about the people who are suffering over there? They are going through what we were going through.”

“Now that the situation in Gulu is stabilised and there is no longer war there, there is reconstruction of the place. Schools are being built. It is not the fault of the people there that they were abducted and used. They need to be helped,” he said. “The organisation has fought really hard to rebuild my school. It is doing good work.” Acaye said

Ocaye was taken prisoner by the LRA militia when it attacked his home village of Koro, near Gulu, but he escaped after three weeks when one unit handed him over to another.

Invisible Children says that Kony has gone unnoticed for his crimes against humanity because the American government does not see him as a direct threat to American foreign policy or interests. Invisible Children feels the injustice against the children has gone on for far too long, and the group wants to put a stop to it.

The organization say it decided to raise Kony’s international profile so American politicians would take notice.

Some critics of the movie in Uganda however note that Invisible Children’s film Kony 2012 is misleading as far as the approach to completely hunt down Kony is concerned.

“They are focusing more on an American solution to an African conflict than the holistic approach which should include regional governments and people who are very key to make this a success,” said Victor Ochen, the director of African Youth Initiative Network based in Lira, the site of one Kony’s worst massacres in Uganda.

“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.”she adds commenting on Kony 2012 movie

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