Update on KONY 2012. Is it really about Uganda’s oil?
While browsing the web to find updates about the Kony 2012 campaign, I came across this video and a couple interesting articles.
According to this Ugandan lady called Rosbell, the Kony campaign 2012 pictures a conflict and a situation that happened 5 or 6 years ago and that is not as complicated right now as it’s being pictured in the documentary. And even when Joseph Kony is indeed a person who has done and continues doing crimes and is part of an internal war in Uganda, their country is not completely helpless and is not as vulnerable as it’s being presented on the Kony 2012 campaign.
Rosebell also tells in the video that there have been several local efforts to help this situation, and that this shouldn’t be about an American trying to be a hero to save poor, helpless kids. Because the country is already taking actions by itself.
On the other hand, I found this article from 2009, about Oil findings in Uganda. And if you think about the latest patterns in USA’s interests when helping other countries, you will probably find in each and every single one of them, a huge benefit for them involved. Usually oil.
So, I wouldn’t be surprised if, behind this whole “Let’s Save Africa” scheme, there was some US interests involved.
The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.
So even the money that is being raised by this organization is shady and noone really knows where it’s going. And if you, like me, got really moved by the way the information was provided in the Kony 2012 video and donated some money, I’m pretty sure that you will feel just as scammed and silly as I do.
Watch the video bellow and read the articles and judge by yourself.
Wether this is all an evil scheme from the US to make a potential upcoming war against Uganda seem justifiable or an American trying to take credit for saving children that aren’t as needed as he mentions anymore, I just really hope that this organization created by Jason Russel actually uses the money for a good cause.