Apwoyo (Thank You) for Reading the Disclaimer

If for some reason this link doesn’t work, search Kony 2012 and it will appear with a view of the world from space.

Invisible Children is surrounded by controversy and criticism. From a lack of information to an oversimplification of the conflict in Northern Uganda, Americans have often misunderstood the well intended NGO. This video went viral sometime in the spring of 2012 and was plastered over every Facebook news feed. I remember sitting in my dorm room, suddenly an activist, watching this video and exploring the different routes I could take to help this cause.

Many people were sudden activists. In spite of this, the Kony 2012 movement did not go as far as it would have if every person that responded to the “Cover the Night” group on Facebook actually followed through with their online promise. But it did raise awareness for many many Americans. I was among these “sign up and not follow through” Facebook users, but I like to think that it is part of the reason I’m in Africa today. I followed through, but just a little later.

For those of you who did not see this viral video, here it is. I promised I would explain the conflict I was studying in Northern Uganda and this video can explain better than I ever could.

However, the situation is not current. Peace agreements were “signed” in 2006 and Northern Uganda is on the path to recovery. The situation is also more complex than the video portrays. So take it with a grain of salt and know that though this conflict is physically over, the mental conflict continues. And many more people are dying every day in other brutal conflicts.


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