Sunday, March 25, 2012

What Jason Russell Did not Tell the world

Kony 2012 is an awareness aid not aimed at painting Uganda black but to sensitize for the capture of Joseph Kony. This is made clear by the co producer of Invisible Children Jason Russell when he adds to his film ‘KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

He further goes on and says, “If I’d ask you, who is Joseph Kony, you wouldn’t know. You should. And that’s why I’m going to tell you about him.”

Fine, Some Ugandans are happy that such a campaign is going on and this will increase chances for Kony’s arrest. However we would have been happier if the produce had done a bit more research and reported the right information to avoid misinforming his audience.

Firstly, the film falls short of giving the right geographical sense of where Uganda is. In the film, the narrator claims that Uganda is located in Central Africa. This is a very awful precedent that does not help a case for Uganda. Mindful of the fact that many people in Europe and America do not even know where Uganda is, the producer of the film should have considered and addressed this fact by providing the actual facts about Uganda. Uganda is found in East Africa and never has it ever been part of Central Africa.

Another thing that Jason did not tell the world was that, Uganda is at peace and not a war zone, and that Joseph Kony was defeated by the Uganda People’s Defence Force in mid 2006. Six year back, Kony ran to the Central African Bushes and the Uganda Peoples Defence Force together with the Uganda Government took it upon them to help the people of Central Africa to fight him.

Another fact is that even when Kony was still fighting in Northern Uganda, all other parts of the country where safe and all businesses carried on as the Government and other International bodies tried to restore peace in Northern Uganda.

We therefore urge the friends of Uganda to continue visiting our Beautiful country and appreciating nature as Kony gets sorted out in neighboring Central Africa.

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