Ugandan survivors angry about ‘Kony 2012’

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Kony 2012‘ Prompts Outrage In Uganda, Future Screenings Canceled (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/14/2012 9:38 pm Updated: 03/15/2012 9:45 am

Everyone from actors to models to business leaders have weighed in on “Kony 2012,” the 30-minute video about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army that went viral last week.

However, little has been heard about what the Ugandans who were affected by Kony and the LRA think of the video.

Al Jazeera’s Malcom Webb went to a public screening of the video in Lira in Northern Uganda, which, according to him, is “the area worst affected by Joseph Kony’s Rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.”

Webb reported that the attendees didn’t even get to see the whole film because people became so angry and frustrated with the depiction that they began throwing rocks.

“The event ended with the angrier members of the audience throwing rocks and shouting abusive criticism, as the rest fled for safety, leaving an abandoned projector, with organisers and the press running for cover until the dust settled,” Webb reports for Al Jazeera.

Victor Ochen, the director of The African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), the group that organized the screening, said in a statement that it drew more than 35,000 people and was broadcast on five radio stations.

Due to the response, future AYINET public screenings of “Kony 2012” in Lira reportedly have been canceled.

“[T]he film produced such outrage, anger and hurt that AYINET has decided that in order not to further harm victims or provoke any violent response that it is better to halt any further screenings for now,” Ochan said in the statement. …

Watch the video from Malcolm Webb above, and click over to his accompanying article to read more about the screening in Uganda.

This video from the USA is called Invisible Children Funded By Anti-gay Christian Right? Kony 2012 Criticism.

When Invisible Children’s Stop Kony 2012 campaign exploded onto the internet last week, it was just a matter of hours before critiques of every colour followed suit: here.

The central impulse behind US involvement in Uganda is the drive to dominate the region’s recently discovered oil reserves and its other natural resources, as part of the struggle for influence in Africa between the US, China and the former colonial European powers: here.

Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell, who created the viral “Kony 2012” video, will remain in the hospital for several weeks for what his wife described as “reactive psychosis.” In a statement released Wednesday, his wife and other family members said they believe this condition caused him to act strangely last week, ranting and roaming around a San Diego street in the nude: here.

6 thoughts on “Ugandan survivors angry about ‘Kony 2012’

  1. kony did not come out of the blues. for twenty years lony lutted, raped, mutilated and killed the people of northern uganda. ask yourself. where was the uganda government?


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