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Resources about Uganda, the LRA, and the Kony 2012 video

Note: Use the URLs containing “bit.ly”; they are “tiny URLs” that connect to the full‐length web address.

1. Kony 2012 Video and Invisible Children

The video: http://vimeo.com/37119711 Unofficial video transcript at http://lybio.net :

http://bit.ly/H54QnB Website: www.invisiblechildren.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/invisible

Letter to President Obama from Invisible Children, Resolve, and Enough Project http://bit.ly/H7k5Yp


2. Sources of continuing coverage about Uganda and the LRA

Uganda Speaks Trending Our Own Story http://ugandaspeaks.com/

allAfrica.com InFocus page on Uganda and LRA http://bit.ly/GSeEw3 and http://allafrica.com/uganda/

AfricaFocus http://www.africafocus.org and particularly http://bit.ly/GSm8BS (Also on Facebook.)

African Arguments http://africanarguments.org/

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars – Resources about Uganda, the LRA, and Central Africa


Making Sense of Kony http://makingsenseofkony.org/

Ugandan media http://www.monitor.co.ug/ http://www.ntvuganda.co.ug/

Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/search‐home Some hashtags to search for include: #Kony2012,

#StopKony, #StopStopKony, #Uganda2012, #Ug2012, #UgandaSpeaks


3. Diverse African commentary on Kony 2012 (from the continent and the diaspora)

My response to KONY2012 by Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist. 6:21‐minute video

http://bit.ly/GTlv8T and transcript at http://lybio.net : http://bit.ly/GQXHUd

Selling Old Newspapers Shouldn’t Be Profitable: Invisible Children and Kony 2012 by David

Sangokoya, a Nigerian‐American, creatively discusses stereotypes of Africa. http://bit.ly/GUPJYu

The White Savior Industrial Complex by Teju Cole, Nigerian American novelist gives criticism in 7

Tweets and comments on response to it. http://www.theatlantic.com : http://bit.ly/GSsbe8

Kony screening provokes anger in Uganda by Malcomb Well, 2:40 minute video http://bit.ly/GRltBb

Women Civil Society Groups in Uganda: Kony2012 Campaign, Blurring realities! at:

http://www.isiswomen.org : http://bit.ly/H5vrMr

Kony 2012 Video is Misleading by a Ugandan American teenager. 5:47 minute video viewed more

than four million times on YouTube. (There is one brief expletive.) http://bit.ly/GUbA8U

“I’d Tell Anyone” – Food for thought about “helping Africans” by Juliane Okot Bitek, Ugandan poet

and author. http://bit.ly/HBtCcE

I've met Joseph Kony and Kony 2012 isn't that bad by Norbert Mao, former head of the Gulu Local

Government (2006‐11), saying the debate caused by the video is timely. http://bit.ly/HflQ63

Central Africa: There's a Light in the Get Kony Campaign – Jay Naidoo, a South African social justice

activist, argues that the horrors of the LRA – and the global system that lets it continue – cannot be

ignored. http://bit.ly/HMpECh\


4. Other Critiques of the Kony 2012 campaign

Unpacking Kony by Ethan Zuckerman, director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media and co‐founder of

Global Voices, discusses the simplicity of the Kony 2012 message ‐ and its dangers – and the Invisible

Children’s theory of change. At: http://www.ethanzuckerman.com : http://bit.ly/GUiuWH

Juice Rap News with Robert Foster: Yes We Kony‐ An irreverent parody of Kony 2012 – a rap about

then “white man’s burden” and the role of AFRICOM. 3:37 minute video http://thejuicemedia.com


5. History of the conflict with the LRA and policies proposals

A Letter From Uganda on #Kony2012 ‐ Sara Weschler of Information for Youth Empowerment

Programme in Northern Uganda summarizes recent Ugandan history. http://bit.ly/GSK9w6

The downside of the Kony 2012 video: What Jason did not tell Gavin and his army of invisible

children by Mahmood Mamdani, Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere

University, Kampala, Uganda http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/80787

Obama Takes on the LRA: Why Washington Sent Troops to Central Africa by Mareike Schomerus,

Tim Allen, and Koen Vlassenroot http://fam.ag/HELi7R

Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Northern Uganda Books and articles included in syllabus by Adam

Branch, Fall 2011 http://bit.ly/H1r993


6. Recommendations and commentary on current U.S. policy

What Can We Do about Uganda and the LRA? by Association of Concerned Africa Scholars,

addressing issues of military vs. negotiated solutions and deciding where to make donations. At:

http://concernedafricascholars.org : http://bit.ly/GVGURP

Kony: What’s to be done? by Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the

Fletcher School, Tufts University, discusses the military and non‐military framework proposed by the

International Crisis Group, at: http://africanarguments.org : http://bit.ly/GQzbaf

KONY 2012, and a military solution to the LRA crisis by anthropologist Richard Vokes, a detailed

discussion of the LRA and dangers of a military solution, at: http://theafricanist.blogspot.co.nz :


Beyond Kony2012 by Nicolas Tillon of Conciliation Resources (a peacebuilding organisation working

with people affected by violent conflict) and Ernest Sugule Kangoyangala. http://bit.ly/HLyyAv

#Kony2012 and the Warping Logic of Atrocity by Scott Edwards of Amnesty International USA,

regarding human rights concerns in Uganda and Central Africa. http://bit.ly/GTwXCk

Kony 2012, Save Darfur, and the US’ place in the world by Rohit Negi, Assistant Professor at

Ambedkar University, Delhi. http://bit.ly/GUxrbb

Interview with Ethan Zuckerman by WBZ NewsRadio 1030, discusses difficulties of capturing Kony

and need to listen to Ugandans about solutions, 2:20 minute audio at: http://cbsloc.al/GSQYOb


7. How KONY 2012 went viral

[Data Viz] KONY2012: See How Invisible Networks Helped a Campaign Capture the World’s Attention

by Gilad Lotan, VP of Research and Development at http://blog.socialflow.com : http://bit.ly/GRPXDb

Useful reads on Kony 2012 by Ethan Zuckerman http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/



Last updated: April 17, 2012

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