What do Ugandans think about Kony 2012?
Selected Ugandan perspectives on Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign:
Stephen Oola, head of research and advocacy at the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University: “I write now from Gulu, Northern Uganda, and apart from celebrations for women’s day, no one is talking about the LRA and Kony. Everyone is talking about the nodding disease and government impunity over corruption.” [Insight on Conflict]
Olympic runner Julis Achon, who was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army: “I’m grateful to the people who made the video … because most people now know where Uganda is and secondly, they are asking ‘What do they need?’ They are ready to help.” [ninemsn]
TMS Ruge, co-founder of Project Diaspora: “The takeaway for me is that social media is a powerful tool for flattening the conversational landscape. It is imperative that we don’t hijack the voice and agency of the actors we are trying to help.” [New York Times’ Room For Debate]
Timothy Kaylegira, Ugandan social critic and newsletter publisher: “There is no historical context. It’s more like a fashion thing.” [Associated Press]
Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire: “My major problem with this video is that it simplifies the story of millions of people in northern Uganda.”
Patrick Kigongo, US-born writer of Ugandan descent: “At best, Kony 2012 is a hyper-simplification of a complicated issue. It allows most of us to skip the frank, involved discussion in favor of just furthering a meme.” [GOOD]
Jackee Budesta Batanda, an award-winning Ugandan writer and journalist: “While the rest of the world jumps onto the Kony2012 bandwagon — wrongly assuming that the main problem in Uganda is the Lord’s Resistance Army — Ugandans are worrying about the much more urgent problem plaguing their country: nodding disease.” [Foreign Policy’s Transitions]
Ugandan journalist Angelo Izama: “To call the campaign a misrepresentation is an understatement. While it draws attention to the fact that Kony, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005, is still on the loose, it’s portrayal of his alleged crimes in Northern Uganda are from a bygone era.” [Angelo Opi-Aiya Izama]
See even more perspectives and Twitter responses on Global Voices.