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März 8, 2012

#stopkony – The Kony Charity is a CHEAT ! BEWARE !

Filed under: ecademy,Empire Avenue,English — Andreas Wiedow @ 1:58 pm
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Says this anonymous comment on YouTube . . .

. . . Don’t try to locate it, there’s myriads of comments now and when I first watched the video there’s been around . . .

200,000 views
60,000 likes
5,000 dislikes

Yesterday.

And just to make one point clear: I, Andreas Wiedow, support the #stopkony, KONY 2012 and Invisible Children movement. This blog is for you to make a more informed decision and will be updated . Be that pro or contra. All is fine . . .

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Yesterday I came across the name Joseph Kony for the first time and used my monthly BlackStar massmail on ecademy.com to inform my entire network there for this blog . . . KONY 2012 . . . which has since attracted plenty of informed and interesting comments. Comments that gave me even more drive to dig deeper.

If you come across this today for the first time you may make a decision based on your guts and after watching the LOOONG video only. You may make a decision based on 10, 100 or 1000+ aspects . . . up to you. I made a decision and got a gut feeling after just a couple of seconds watching this . . .

I know I am asking for much – 29:59 minutes watching – be sure you have the time in one go – you won’t regret it and know what to do after.

Trust me. Thank you.

So you want to know more ?

Let’s have a look at the most common counter arguments (most backed up with sources – if there’s some missing you’d be interested in, please ask in comments, thanks)

Cheat argument #1: Dubious Finances

Even if the initial screenshot/snippet sounds negative . . . it admits that around 30%+ go into the cause. And THAT alone gave me a good feeling. Because I know myriads of BIG charities where only 5 – 10% go into the main cause and the rest . . . ‚disappears‘.

So 30% is a GOOD share.

Nevertheless I did a little research . . .

CHARITY NAVIGATOR – Your Guide To Intelligent Giving – Invisible Children

So to light up a bit the confusion on my side . . . Charity Navigator states

Overall 3/4 stars

Financial 4/4 stars
Accountability & Transparency 2/4 stars.

Statement to this from the filmmakers:

Cheat argument #2: Exaggeerated Claims

Mainly says that KONY is no longer in Uganda. That is may be true. Yet . . . maybe you wish to learn about KONY 2011 activities in Congo ?

KONY in Congo 2011. Material by the guardian.co.uk (you need to click the link to watch)

KONY seems quick to change tactics and appears to make every move needed to get away. My personal opinion in this regard. Do it as I did it in Risk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_(game)) and gather arms around those you want to weed out. Later you may have a closer look at the other (pre-checked) arms in play. Makes sense ? Besides that it is already reported that those parts of the Ugandan Army who are supported by about 100 special US forces haven’t been reported ANY illegal behavior since. Also that could be a good start, don’t you think ?

Cheat argument #3: Support for military intervention

Latest update ABC News 9-Mar-2012: President Obama Talks About Joseph Kony Source

Cheat argument #4: Marketing tactics

Searching the net brought up this report from 2008 which shows that the movement is around for a while like a BIG ocean liner that has to change direction whilst cutting through the waves on the mission. And you know that you cannot simply make a U-turn with that like with your car or bike, do you ?

2008 Human Security Award for Invisible Children

Yes, they use celebrities to get the highest attention they can get. Yes, they use all that gets them highest coverage. Children, Sex (abuse). Hollywood-like and perfect cut videos.

Ask yourself . . . if you had the options, wouldn’t you use them too ?

Formerly to me completely unknown and apparently high reputable people . . . share it . . .

Invisible Children themselves published this Breakdown of Expenses to reply to their critiques.

HRW – HumanRightsWatch pays attention to the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) featuring DEAR OBAMA
Their YouTube video . . . Message from Victims of the LRA

Yes, there’s ALWAYS a chance for cheat. Yes, where millions of bucks are in there will be a cheat here and there.

BUT . . . can they all be wrong ?

Here’s a list of links which are mostly against the KONY 2012. Please have a look at the respective author’s professions (and what they also must say according to their educational level !). Also look at the dates said posts were published. And then think again . . . what triggered them. And then think again . . . is that a good or a bad thing ?

VISIBLE CHILDREN – KONY 2012, viewed critically http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/

the guardian – KONY 2012: what’s the real story ? http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story

Think Twice Before Donating to Kony 2012, the Charitable Meme du Jour http://jezebel.com/5891269/think-twice-before-donating-to-kony-2012-the-meme-du-jour

Adam Branch, Makerere Institute of Social Research – What’s wrong with the Kony 2012 Campaign – CIHA BLOG

Help get Joseph Kony off the International Criminal Court list of the WORLD’S WORST CRIMINALS in The Hague.

Give him exposure as much as you can

What KONY 2012 – in my book – tried to achieve is: Sensitizing the world for more informed decisions. Now, after 1000+ more aspects, what is YOUR conclusion and WHY ?

20-APRIL-2012
EDIT 10-Mar-2012: Comment policy – Thanks all for your comments. Some I felt easy to reply, some require more time and will get attention they deserve in due course. Some may stay as solitaires. But all have been read. Thanks again, much appreciated.
Please feel also free to add links which you found helpful for this cause and I’ll do my best to update this blog and put them in.
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65 Kommentare »

  1. Excellent write-up. Incredible detail in your research, and this is coming from a fellow blogger 🙂
    Also, as a former film student, the video looked far too professional to be any kind of „grass-roots“ movement, I felt. Kudos on bringing your findings to our attention.

    Kommentar von saulman — März 10, 2012 @ 1:31 pm | Antwort

    • Thank you, there’s much more detail behind the first link in my post (for this blog . . . KONY 2012 . . . which) with plenty of more detailed comments and background information.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:06 pm | Antwort

  2. No matter what you do to support a charity, sooner or later out comes the dark side. I try to do the best I can to support them and if they are cheating, the Lord will take care of them.

    Kommentar von Shahid Sharif (@secunoid) — März 10, 2012 @ 1:35 pm | Antwort

    • Time will tell. Any way . . . if this helps to bring KONY to justice . . .

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:07 pm | Antwort

  3. Hmmm…I’m not sure now…still wait and see…anyway thanks for the information!

    Kommentar von Syarif S. Arman (@BangGowes) — März 10, 2012 @ 1:36 pm | Antwort

  4. Thank you for taking the time to put together all this data and info so people who want to can be well informed and thoroughly informed.

    There is a lot here to take in but laying out the arguments clearly and giving people the ability to assess each as to their own level of interest? I majorly valuable service.

    Having used CharityNavigator many times, that is a good „third party“ link to have included.

    Kommentar von Sarah Wilson (@MySmartPuppy) — März 10, 2012 @ 1:39 pm | Antwort

    • Thank you, Sarah, I wonder what will be the coming weeks after the ’natural‘ backlash.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:09 pm | Antwort

  5. Thanks for the info. Anyway, I usually stay away of that kind of campaignes. There are lots of better ways to help other people, especially children.

    Kommentar von Leo — März 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm | Antwort

  6. Great research, still confused but intrigued too.

    Kommentar von Elza van Swieten — März 10, 2012 @ 1:46 pm | Antwort

    • Elza, I feel . . . confusion . . . is a good thing. And being intrigued . . . hmh, thank you 🙂

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:10 pm | Antwort

  7. It is good to see all sides of the issue. I’m not sure how I feel about the organization behind it, but I am sure I feel today as I did years ago when I first heard his name and of his atrocities that he needs to be hunted down and held accountable. If it takes this, so be it. Still, I find the organization a bit shady.

    Kommentar von Amanda Fox — März 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm | Antwort

  8. Thank you

    Kommentar von Anton — März 10, 2012 @ 1:50 pm | Antwort

  9. Never thought Kony was a legit charity.- always investigate before contributing.

    Kommentar von tru2psutru2psu — März 10, 2012 @ 2:00 pm | Antwort

  10. Thanks for the information although I find your commentary a bit disjointed but that may be just a language issue. For me the main issue is let’s not shoot the messenger for bringing the bad news. In fact I didn’t find it bad at all. Positive things are happening because of the actions of many to bring this issue to the forefront. The social media campaign has heighten our collective awareness of Kony and his atrocities and his crimes against humanity. The media beat up over the small negative reaction to this campaign and its organisers is unfortunate for what I think is a positive use of social media in awareness raising. Thanks

    Kommentar von Tom Laing — März 10, 2012 @ 2:03 pm | Antwort

    • Thanks, Tom, which pieces do you perceive ‚disjointed‘ ? Please help me to raise my ‚English‘ to another level. As I said, I fully support the movement and also the message. When you click the first link to my blog on ecademy you see that it was purely positive and attracted critique that I felt needed to be addressed too. And isn’t it sometimes better to be the advocatus diaboli to get out the most balanced view in the end for something that created such a huge attention worldwide ?

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:15 pm | Antwort

  11. The last sentance of this excellent blog says it all about the Joseph Kony movement. Is Kony 2012 best at „sensitizing the world for more informed decisions?“

    Whether the Kony 2012 movement is based on solid truth or is a huge worldwide scam is a question every person who considers getting involved needs to ask themselves before taking any action. It’s so easy in the modern Internet Age to get swept away by intense emotion and the human desire to belong to something which is perceived to be worthwhile and good. In fact, it’s such an appealing emotion that normal concerns and questions might be easily and completely swept away.

    Regardless of whether the Kony 2012 is a worthwhile movement or not needs to be personally questioned by anyone who ultimately decides to donate time, money or their professional endorsement of the movement. Ultimately the decision to support Kony 2012 should be evaluated by everyone before taking any type of action.

    Of course this should be true about any type of charity, grass-roots movement or similar type of event. As the Internet becomes more sophisticated these types of movements will continue to be presented to the world. It’s so important that we all learn to be clear about the realities behind them before deciding to support them or not.

    Kommentar von hairboutiquehairtalk — März 10, 2012 @ 2:04 pm | Antwort

  12. I have mixed feelings about anything that gets this much hyped. I’m sure that the film takes a particular slant and exaggerates things in order motivate people to act. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some truth to it.

    Kommentar von Liz Pullen — März 10, 2012 @ 2:08 pm | Antwort

    • I fully understand your mixed feelings, Liz. The more I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:18 pm | Antwort

  13. Thank you for adding some rational information to shed light on what seems to be becoming an irrational backlash!

    Kommentar von Richard Townsend — März 10, 2012 @ 2:19 pm | Antwort

    • Richard, thanks, every . . . EVERY success . . . gets a backlash. Attracts envy. Must stand heat. And if it does will even grow bigger.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 3:17 pm | Antwort

  14. Thanks so much! It was worth watching the video, as it opens eyes to some important issues. There is a lot to think about and investigate more. You did a perfect blog!

    Kommentar von Aviva — März 10, 2012 @ 3:19 pm | Antwort

  15. I have viewed this video over the past few days. Emotions have been many: horrified, angry and sad. My gut take away is that this is not a scam and I go with my gut.

    I think questioning whether anything is a scam nowadays is not a bad idea. There are so many very polished scams all around us.

    My advice is go with your gut if your gut has proven reliable in the past. My instincts have saved me so many times and helped me to make the right choices.

    Kommentar von Katie Shea Design Roses of Distinction — März 10, 2012 @ 3:26 pm | Antwort

  16. I spent five years of my life in Tanzania engaged in the aid effort. I learned the hard way that there is no simple answer to the problems of Africa. Yet I must admit I was completely won over by the video and yes, I did watch it right through. Then when the counter-propaganda emerged, I began to use my head as well as my heart. Everything I have ever learnt tells me that you must use sources on the ground to identify the problems and deliver the solutions. I am not sure that KONY12 fully does that. Also I am concerned about launching guerrilla attacks on a guerrilla group, most of whose forces are children. Inevitably, lots of children will be killed. Sorry, but I today I would not contribute to it.

    Kommentar von layanglicana — März 10, 2012 @ 4:10 pm | Antwort

    • No need to be sorry and I value your aspect very high, thank you. The human shield and body guard consisting of children is the toughest aspect in this scenario me thinks. I also agree that you must use sources on the ground. And the sources on the ground need support to keep up the good work and make a considerate decision to keep blood shed at lowest possible levels ?

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 4:28 pm | Antwort

  17. My personal opinion is that if people want to donate money to any cause, they should always look at the causes that are available in their home country. Try to help your own people, stop trying to save the world. If you cannot save your own people, then how can you expect to save the world? Every country has their own people that need help, so help them, don’t just ignore the problems at your doorstep so that you can look good helping a cause that is half a world away.

    Kommentar von abacnok — März 10, 2012 @ 4:13 pm | Antwort

    • I absolutely agree that donating and contributing starts . . . with yourself and in your family. Goes over the neighborhood and may be limited in your country. Until you get used to it and grown further. Every level requires development. Personal development. Supporting the Causa KONY 2012 can happen in many ways that don’t need much. Nice aspect, I like it. Thank you.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 4:23 pm | Antwort

  18. If the story of KONY himself were a fraud, then the concern about cheating would be at the apex,

    For me, would rather take pleasure on their behalf because they have ‚made it“ to the top, exposed a horrific behaviour to the bright light of international awareness and created actionable results.

    Shows that it can be done and that when done persistently there is a victory for all.

    Kommentar von breatheconsciously — März 10, 2012 @ 4:25 pm | Antwort

    • Fully agreed. Persistence is key. And the film makers – as far as I’ve learned – started getting serious with this when they asked their parents whether they could prolong their stay in Uganda way back for 2 more weeks using their parents credit cards . . .

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 6:30 pm | Antwort

  19. I am a supporter of the Invisible Children movement and shared the video on a few ways and on my website. But I admit it made me think were all the money came from to pay for the gifts to the supporters.

    Anyway. I don’t think a scam/profit organisation would bring up so much endurance to set up this movement. The perfect manner in which everything has been planed and implemented is breath taking. As far as I know such success as never been achieved before with a movement on a global scale.

    I like it to see that Africa and the abused children get the attention they deserved since long. But I am very much aware that this example shows how social media could be missused nowadays as never seen before.
    It will become more difficult for the public to sort out the real underlying cause of a „social“ movement in the very near future. I’m sure we will see real foul play and scam actions to mislead a global audience from now on. The methods of public relation for political reasons are not the same anymore.

    That’s why I greatly appreciate Andreas’s appeal to prudence against such movement makers. I don’t think the Invisible Childrens Movement ist a scam. But we need a new awareness for the waste possibilities of social media, be it for the good or the bad.

    Thanks for your great work, Andreas!

    Kommentar von Christian — März 10, 2012 @ 5:18 pm | Antwort

  20. How much effort has gone into this post simply humbles me. I am extremely disappointed that I clicked the button to take the eaves on the mission to read and share this. Africa has had its problems and thanks to scams like this the problems continue.

    What can i do ? At the moment I do not have enough money to contribute to those lovely children nor the influence to try and impress upon someone to take action but but i can spread the word around and gather more people. The internet makes us all one family. A family of human beings behaving as humans should. The point is by spreading the news we can help people know whose the genuine ones and who are the fraudsters in the world.

    I have watched the video and it left a mark in me. I do spread some social awareness in my community try to bring people above caste lines and all and I know the pain. Thanks a ton for sharing this post. Incredible work this Andreas – you are truly a beautiful person. 🙂

    Kommentar von Srivatsan (@srivatsan316) — März 10, 2012 @ 5:46 pm | Antwort

    • Srivatsan,

      It is not always money needed to support a good cause and raise attention. If I look at the effort YOU put in your COMMENT here . . . I feel humbled. Thank you so much.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 6:12 pm | Antwort

  21. I only support charities on the isle of man where they are run by locals for locals, this may seem selfish but at least I know where my money is going.

    Kommentar von john anslow — März 10, 2012 @ 5:48 pm | Antwort

    • john,

      Fully justified and justifiable and not selfish at all in my book. Though you commented here and by doing so you already went beyond the Isle of Man and helped getting this cause and KONY2012 more exposure. That is much appreciated. Thank you.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 6:02 pm | Antwort

  22. thanks good article !

    Kommentar von kosta montoya — März 10, 2012 @ 7:01 pm | Antwort

  23. Scams and more scamas. That´s what´s bringing the entire world down…No principles, no values, no ethics……This is the best way that humanity may autodestruct itself!!!

    Kommentar von Enrique Sabal — März 10, 2012 @ 7:47 pm | Antwort

    • What exactly do you consider Scam in this post and how can you tell ? Please back up your claim, thank you, Enrique, unless your comment was meant in general and is not related to this post.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 8:02 pm | Antwort

  24. I was very moved by the video myself and yes I posted it because I wanted people to be aware of Kony. Now, I personally did more research myself on the group and decided not to donate to them, but to others who bring more direct aid without taking 30 percent for administrative costs.
    Rotary International drills water wells in Africa and educates villagers to safe water. They I support.

    I do not feel that bringing Kony’s awareness to more of the world is bad, but there are more to bring to the world’s attention, Syria comes to mind right now. Should we make video’s and show more of the bloodshed in Homs?

    This is a complex subject but each person must make their own donation decision, but as adults, we all should do our research and for that I thank you for a well-documented article.

    Kommentar von michellegilstrap — März 10, 2012 @ 8:26 pm | Antwort

    • Michelle,

      Thanks so much for your time to comment. Awareness, yes, very important. And yes, Syria. What has the world done before Egypt, Tunisia, Libya ? I feel SoMe is just about to take off and many institutionalized don’t know yet what’s happening. KONY2012 as it happens is just the best the film makers could do right now as they have been in Uganda and not in Syria. Maybe Syria next by somebody else ?

      You mention . . . Rotary International drills water wells in Africa and educates villagers to safe water. They I support.

      Have a link for that ? As said, I will update the blog. Thanks again.

      Kommentar von Andreas Wiedow — März 10, 2012 @ 8:40 pm | Antwort

  25. Thanks for the great post…It is plain and simple that you cannot feed steak to a vegetarian ! The importants of this mission will be recognized by those that are willing to make a difference.There will always be those that allow fear to lead them astray but that is up to them.I may have missed the part where there was any intent for harm…what I do recall is for the recognition of what is occuring and that making it known IS the best way to STOP it. It is to be expected that such a mission will become debatable…afterall…darkness does not like the light ! I eppreciate the effort you have put into research.So far I have seen people post that the only 30%,32% and 37% goes to the cause.To me that is not the point.The point, to me, is that there is a wrong being done and we must recognize it ! For those that scoff at the percent going towards those employed my Invisible Children and to production costs,I say „Do you work for free ?“and „when you work,is it just for money or for a good cause as well ?“…

    Kommentar von Dee Dee Chamberlain (@DeeDeeChamberl1) — März 10, 2012 @ 8:34 pm | Antwort

  26. I think that the idea of stopping Kony is an admirable cause to get behind, but I find it difficult to fully support the way that Invisible Children are doing it. Making videos are a great way to get people informed and that is what Invisible Children have done, I probably would not have heard of Kony if it weren’t for that video being sent to me as many times as it was. Unfortunately I believe that Invisible Children are just trying to make movies, rather than actively trying to help people.

    Kommentar von anyanon — März 10, 2012 @ 8:35 pm | Antwort

  27. I have to say that I cannot think of such a similar subject go viral so quickly. The good news is that we live in a democracy and one of the key elements to a democracy is CHOICE.

    It appears to me that so many people have made their decision based on very little information and much of the „information“ biased one way or the other.

    My jury is still out. This could be an international disgrace OR there could be positive aspects to the story …… I find myself unable to make a finite decision. O would need more FACTS ……and because of the nature of this story I am fairly sure we will get those very shortly.

    I appreciate you outlining what you have done, Andreas

    Kommentar von thisisspain — März 10, 2012 @ 8:39 pm | Antwort

  28. Thanks for sharing this! I posted the video on http://twitter.com/lorimoreno before.

    Kommentar von Lori Moreno — März 10, 2012 @ 8:44 pm | Antwort

  29. Thanks for sharing a nice article !!

    Kommentar von mithuhassan — März 10, 2012 @ 8:49 pm | Antwort

  30. Thanks for the detailed research 🙂

    Kommentar von Anne Thomas — März 10, 2012 @ 11:37 pm | Antwort

  31. To be honest I had never heard of them before reading this blog, so would not have donated…I give to animal charities mainly. Having worked in alot of African countries over the last 20 years I have donated lots to local charities I supported when I was working there. that way I know the money / goods actually get to where they aremeant to be going.

    Kommentar von Ed Blount — März 11, 2012 @ 12:44 am | Antwort

  32. I have not jumped on the Kony bandwagon and have been leery of it from the start. It does not surprise me that there is the possibility of some not so up and up book keeping.

    Kommentar von Candace Mountain (@candacemountain) — März 11, 2012 @ 1:38 am | Antwort

  33. This video is both heartbreaking and hope-inspiring. I have a friend who is doing work in Africa directly and I am supporting the children their through her work and the work of the group she is with However, I very much appreciate being informed and found Invisible Children’s video very compelling and your additional information useful. Thank you!

    Kommentar von Michele — März 11, 2012 @ 1:44 am | Antwort

  34. There are Literally millions of children in the World in Serious need . I am Alway Going to Help but I do it Through Charities i Trust and People I Know . I Have a Niece going to Africa this Summer , A school Teacher , to Help Educate and feed children . I know She Will Accomplish what she can and ALL the Money Given to Her will be used for that Cause . i support Catholic charities and Never Buy the big Pitch stuff on the Internet . why Risk ?

    Kommentar von Sully — März 11, 2012 @ 2:29 am | Antwort

  35. Thank you for the great post! It looks like you did a way better research than Mashable did when they posted their provocatively titled article (guess you saw it).
    As for me, I am very sensitive and emotional when it comes to children. It doesn’t matter to me in what part of the world issues happen or what kind of organizations are involved and everything like this. My strong belief is that children shouldn’t be hurt in any way anywhere. That’s why I support Kony2012 campaign. I can talk more about it but I will just quote the best response to Kony2012 critics I’ve seen:

    „Invisible Children is not just about Uganda. It is about opening our eyes to other parts of the world. It is about being the change. It is about getting involved. It is about holding governments accountable. Find your passion. Do more. Be more. And frankly, f@&k the critics.“

    Thanks again!

    Kommentar von Alex Zmushka — März 11, 2012 @ 2:37 am | Antwort

  36. Hmm.. this is rather deceptive. Though I didn’t post any of their promotion videos, i believe I was part of endorsing them via Twitter and Linkedin.
    Their promotional video is appealing and who would have questioned their credibility by merely watching that video.
    Thank you so much for your work on this. Great input with your research. SM needs more people like you. More power to you! =)

    Kommentar von Leia D (@Nurse_Techy) — März 11, 2012 @ 3:28 am | Antwort

  37. Having watched KONY 2012 Invisible Children’s Promotional video, read the majority of links especially Kony 2012: what’s the real story? | Politics | guardian.co.uk http://bit.ly/yfxC24 I am inclined to agree that the hype is out of date and irrelevant in respect of the capture of this man. If they had wanted to, he would have been caught years ago.
    As those on the ground have suggested the Ugandan Govt. has been as agressive and barbarous and perhaps continues to be so.
    One person pointed out Uganda is now in a Post Conflict state as Kony is no longer in the North.
    For me the most interesting, is the fact that US Special forces were deployed in Oct. 2011 under the guise of support to the Ugandan armies efforts to capture Joseph Kony. I believe the real objective is, as in Libya, to secure the oil exploration in the region.
    On a lighter note Invisible Children has clearly done some good work on the ground and continues to do so. Let us hope that the money received by this hugely successful campaign does indeed go to where it is needed. Time will tell. Really excellent journalistic work. Danke J

    Kommentar von Jonathan — März 11, 2012 @ 5:15 am | Antwort

  38. Honestly, I really don’t know what to make of all this. I’ve seen arguments both for and against this charity’s legitimacy. And it’s getting to the point that I don’t know whose research I believe anymore. It’s starting to make my head hurt.

    Kommentar von Amie Gillingham — März 11, 2012 @ 5:52 am | Antwort

  39. Great Cause – Incredible feat and challenge and he is winning in the battle to stop kony!

    Kommentar von barrygumm — März 11, 2012 @ 8:46 am | Antwort

  40. For this kind of charity, I always wait until further truth be told. Good thing could be better with time. I’ll read and cast my vote in April.

    Kommentar von TaxCoach — März 11, 2012 @ 8:48 am | Antwort

  41. Check that charity navigator website. It only got like 2 stars. And its not even non profit.

    Kommentar von how many wpm can you get? — März 11, 2012 @ 9:04 am | Antwort

  42. Very comprehensive. I think the one thing that I keep coming back to is that there aren’t too many people refuting that Kony has savagely killed people. Nor are many refuting that he is forcing children to kill. Most of the complaints seem to be centered around the fact that he’s mostly left Uganda, and that they children are visible (which I think is taking the name to literally or missing the point intentionally). The point of the name is that for the average person not in Africa, the children might as well not exist, not that they children are invisible to everyone. People are also interested in keeping the peace in Uganda, even if he still operates there a little. The problem is, whether or not he’s there, he WAS there and was forcing children into combat (which few refute). Is it ok to just dismiss these items and let him go just because he’s decided to move? That’d be like saying Oh – Osama Bin Laden isn’t in Afghanistan anymore, I guess his atrocities don’t matter. No, we went into Pakistan and got him because it doesn’t matter where he went, his past actions were awful and needed to be dealt with. But forget about that.

    Let’s look at the most important fact:
    The President of the United States committed troops to support this. The President isn’t just going to dial up the military and deploy troops without having something THOROUGHLY researched. Think about that for a second. This is a person with the best intelligence in the world at his disposal. If Kony were just a money grab for Invisible Children, do you think the President is going to fall for it without some investigation?

    That’s really where the argument begins and ends with me.

    (e)Nixkuroi

    Kommentar von nixkuroi — März 11, 2012 @ 9:17 am | Antwort

  43. The charity is a lobbying group to raise awareness, the money hitting the ground in Africa is only part of it. Funding the awareness campaign to cause action by politicians is just as important.

    Kommentar von Andy Pattinson (@APACloud) — März 11, 2012 @ 9:17 am | Antwort

  44. Thank you for your post. I felt involed with the issue, after seeing the video. Not sure there’s a dark side in this charity but of course one has to pay attention

    Kommentar von artrotter — März 11, 2012 @ 10:23 am | Antwort

  45. I read an aricle in Spain’s El Pais yesterday that uncovered much of the same muck. Kony is undoubtedly a criminal but it’s pathetic (and very common amongst charities) that people make money out of apparent crusades!

    Kommentar von spainfootball — März 11, 2012 @ 11:00 am | Antwort

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  47. Thanks for sharing this, I find it hard to get involved in conversations where there can not be a win win.

    Kommentar von Don Dobbie — März 11, 2012 @ 11:35 am | Antwort

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