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Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Tbrose on 7 March 2012 2:34am
A campaign by Invisible Children that has been successfully circulating the Internet. The goal is to make the world aware of the horrors going on in Africa at the hands of Joseph Kony and put a stop to it.

I strongly suggest you take the time to watch this video and make yourself aware of what's happening. I promise you won't regret it.


Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Tbrose on 7 March 2012 3:10am
Now that my Internet has returned, I can cover the gist of what is happening. For over twenty years, Joseph Kony has been abducting children in Uganda (and surrounding countries), forcing them to mutilate the faces of others and kill their parents. Young boys are made into soldiers and the girls into sex slaves. Just as shocking, Kony is not fighting FOR any direct cause; his continuing this dreadful campaign is to maintain power.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Loretto on 7 March 2012 4:56pm
OMG @7:15 this poor kid Jacob just breaks my heart. He's trying to be so brave but he misses his brother so much he wants to die.

This Joseph Kony of Uganda's LRA is listed in the World's 10 Most Wanted.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Loretto on 8 March 2012 12:19pm
April 20th there will be a major social network grassroots event about Joseph Kony.

NBC Today show just did a segment on him.

The video had 1 million hits last night alone. Thanks for making me aware of this Rose. I really appreciate it.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Loretto on 8 March 2012 3:14pm
Accusations on FB that only 32% of donated money to Invisible Children actually makes its way to Uganda. Yikes!!

Here's Invisible Children's websites finance page http://www.invisiblechildren.com/financials

There's more to this than we think.....

"the bulk of Invisible Childrenís spending isnít on supporting African militias, but on awareness and filmmaking," so says..... http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/


Isn't it a shame that we even question how we can help?

Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Tbrose on 8 March 2012 6:22pm
I've done my research on the matter myself, though it's tough to really know for certain about these things. I have also seen quite a bit about Kony being in hiding for over five years. He still needs to be found and arrested. People need to remember that this will do little to solve the issue as a whole, though I think that the symbolism of the victory will make for an immense boost of morale.

Here's an interesting article I found on the argument over Invisible Children's campaign. It's quite long, but I like to see a good debate.


I often hear about the campaign as an "ego trip," using backhanded Hollywood propaganda to "inspire" people. Quite frankly, I don't care what it is, I am simply glad to know about it and plan on doing whatever I can to make a difference, however small. For one of the greatest things you can do in life is to share your knowledge.

All in all, I am glad to see how many people jumped on the bandwagon over night. As with the revolutions going on in the Middle East, it goes on to show how the citizens of the Internet have a connection unlike any other.

And thanks for the Storify piece, Loretto! I do love when people share what they know : )
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Loretto on 8 March 2012 6:54pm
You are very welcome rose and I have read that Guardian piece about 20 minutes ago.

Storify.com was something I criticised initially, but I have to say when I used it this morning, have to for a class project in Digital Journalism, it brought to light very quickly the questions surrounding the finances of Invisible Children.

I am more sad over the fact that this obviously is a problem that does exist but there are possibly a group of people making money out of it. Just like Haiti, we gave to the Red Cross too, after the earthquake when there were some Red Cross allegations of misuse of funds. Hubby was [email protected]#$%^ed.

When we donate we donate time and things...three sewing machines to the quilting center next week. But that limits giving to local needs which is great, but well, limiting.

I met a man from Haiti two years ago, who was doing charity work after the earthquake. His aunt was running a school that had been hit hard. We offered to donate books and school supplies, he told us the government would take them, that money would be better. We took his name and email address, he never heard from us again.

So sad Rose that I want to help and now I am suspicious of this group.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Tbrose on 8 March 2012 7:11pm
I, too, am very suspicious of the group. I thought that the man in the documentary using his son for propaganda was a little much - now here is all this about the use of their finances. At this point the only charity I feel comfortable donating to is World Wildlife Fund, having been involved for so long.

It's really unfortunate that we have to be so suspicious of groups that provide us the means of inspiration to do good in the world.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Tbrose on 8 March 2012 7:12pm
Ah, but still. I still will go on to do whatever possible to help the Kony 2012 cause and encourage others to do the same.
Re: Make Joseph Kony Famous 2012 by Lounge Trekker on 8 March 2012 11:43pm
Looking at the breakdown of expenses...I'd like to see how the 16.24% is used for Management and General. Can anyone give us a knowledgable comparison to any similar charitable organizations? I don't know enough to criticize these guys.

I wouldn't do it for nothing either, as heartwrenching as this is.
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