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A 5,000-strong brigade is to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony. Photograph: Stuart Price/EPA The African Union has announced that it will form a 5,000-strong brigade to hunt down Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), believed to be hiding in the jungles of central Africa . The brigade will be led by Uganda and include troops from the Central African Republic , the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan , the countries that have been ravaged by LRA raids.
ASSOCIATED PRESS March 19, 2012 7:50PM This Jan. 15, 2007 photo shows Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell speaking at the 19th annual Martin luther King Jr., All People's Breakfast in San Diego. Russell, the co-founder of the Invisible Children charity behind the "Kony 2012" video was detained March 15, 2012, by San Diego police and hospitalized after running through streets in his underwear and acting irrationally.
" Invisible Children " filmmaker Jason Russell, the creator of the viral "Kony 2012" video who was detained by police last week in San Diego, was suffering from "extreme exhaustion and dehydration," his wife said in a statement. Russell, 33, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by San Diego police after neighbors reported him running naked in the streets of the Pacific Beach neighborhood, pounding his fists on the sidewalk and shouting incoherently. Police took him to a mental health facility for observation.
The “Kony 2012” campaign to capture a Ugandan warlord has sparked a backlash in the country and in the United States. Some experts say the video over-simplifies the regional conflict and is patronising towards the people it is meant to help. Emira Woods of the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies said: “The overall message of video – that Americans, young, well meaning, can change the face of history – I think strips away understanding that is critical in 21st century of Africans, of people taking their destiny into their own hands.” Ugandan authorities are also up in arms over the video that has gone viral on the internet, because they say the situation on the ground now is completly different. Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said: “This is an account of a historical fact but that is not coming out.
By Amber Ha Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole, pose with SPLA soldiers Dear Jason Russell, After being bombarded with your KONY 2012 crusade, I have no choice but to respond to your highly inaccurate, offensive, and harmful propaganda. I realized I had to respond in hopes of stopping you before you cause more violence and deaths to the Acholi people (Northern Ugandans), the very people you are claiming to protect. Firstly, I would like to question your timing of this KONY 2012 crusade in Uganda when most of the violence from Joseph Kony and the LRA (The Lord’s Resistance Army) has subsided in Uganda in the past 5 years.
When Jedidiah Jenkins and the rest of the team at Invisible Children put their Kony 2012 mini-doc on YouTube and Vimeo on Monday, their goal was to get 500,000 views before 2013. Four days later, the video has garnered 52 million views, due in large part to its success on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and news sites around the world. Even gossip sites like Radar got in on the action, publishing " 7 Things You Should Know About Joseph Kony " next to stories about Lindsay Lohan. But not all the attention was favorable. While Invisible Children’s film introduced millions to Joseph Kony and the atrocities of his Lord’s Resistance Army, dozens of scholars and critics have derided it as simplistic, erroneous, and colonialist. Others call Invisible Children " manipulative ."
Kony 2012: Invisible Children Campaign Pressures U.S. Government To Capture Joseph Kony (TAKE ACTION)Joseph Kony is not exactly a household name in the United States. Of course, few rebel leaders in sub-Saharan Africa are -- even ones like Kony, whom the International Criminal Court branded a war criminal . But one American filmmaker is determined to raise Kony's profile, for the express purpose of bringing him to justice. Documentarian Jason Russell is shining the spotlight on Kony, who is the leader of the vile Lord's Resistance Army, a notoriously bloodthirsty group in Uganda that, in an effort to destabilize the government, turns young Ugandan girls into sex slaves and young boys -- more than 30,000 of them -- into cold-blooded killers in his force. When the U.S.
Al grano, que ya se ha dicho mucho sobre el vídeo de Kony 2012 : Kony es el meme de internet intencionado más grande que hemos visto hasta la fecha. El primer gran triunfo de la propaganda memética. Entre la versión de YouTube, la de Vimeo y los vídeos que espontáneamente se han subtitulado pronto cumplirá los 100 millones de visualizaciones.
El escándalo global desatado por el lanzamiento en Internet del documental Kony 2012, que retrata el reclutamiento de niños en un ejército clandestino de Uganda, plantea también el dilema de si este activismo es desinteresado o solo una estrategia de marketing para ganar dinero y mantener el statu quo. Desde el lunes en que fue posteado en Youtube y Vimeo, mucho se ha hablado del documental Kony 2012 , un recorrido fílmico por la vida de Joseph Kony, un líder rebelde en el África subsahariana que la Corte Penal Internacional considera un criminal de guerra —justificadamente. De acuerdo con la cinta de Jason Russell, Kony es el jefe del Ejército de Resistencia del Señor, un grupo armado particularmente sangriento que actúa en Uganda y se caracteriza por secuestrar niños y jóvenes para ofrecerles dos alternativas: la muerte o el reclutamiento.
Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan blogger, responded this week to an American social media campaign against Joseph Kony, an African warlord. Updated | Saturday | 12:13 p.m. As my colleagues David Goodman and Jennifer Preston explain , a viral marketing campaign to raise awareness of the suffering inflicted on African children by the warlord Joseph Kony has dominated social media conversations this week, despite concerns that the young Americans behind it might be spreading factual inaccuracies and wasting donors’ money . While much of the backlash reported in the American news media this week cited objections raised by development experts in the United States and Europe, several African bloggers and activists have objected to what they see as more fundamental problems.
Click here to see photos of the evolution of the LRA. Thanks to an incredibly effective social media effort, #StopKony is trending on Twitter today. The campaign coincides with a new awareness-raising documentary by the group Invisible Children. Former FP intern Michael Wilkerson , now a freelance journalist and grad student at Oxford -- who has lived and reported from Uganda -- contributed this guest post on the campaign.