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Kony 2012 - Full Story

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 8, 2012, 2:14 AM


There are two sides to every story, after all.

Here is the original Kony 2012 video.…
If you haven't watched it yet, PLEASE do. Please take the time to really watch it, and try and empathise with these young people. Imagine if it were you, a sibling, a friend.... This man must be stopped.

Now, there have been criticisms not of the need to stop Kony, but of the Invisible Children organisation who have led this campaign. These criticisms primarily regard the organisations finances and military support. You can read these concerns here:…

In the interests of fair representation, I today saw a response from the Invisible Children organisation, linked in a BBC article.
You can read their response to the criticisms here:…

The Guardian, a news company in the UK, has done a good job in trying to cover all aspects of Kony and Invisible Children, both supportive and critical:…

It's always best to see both sides of the story.

On the plus side, this was #4 most read on BBC News today (when I read it), which means the message is being heard. That, regardless of everything else, is a good thing. :)

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pyromantic-prince Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, i'd been looking up the pros and cons to the invisible children organisation.
I still intend to take part on the 20th of April, just to spread the message, I intend not to buy anything from the invisible children organisation. However, I will donate some money to a more trustworthy charity, that helps the children move forward (building schools, etc).
parodykids Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I just want to change the world.
Char00 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I agree what Kony is/did do is terrible, but noone seems to care at all that there are children doing the exact same thing Pakistan and are used as human bombs. It doesn't make sense to me that people are all 'KONY 12!' but will do nothing for Pakistan.
KellyJane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
People as a whole have short attention spans and tend to only be able to focus on one major issue at a time.
It's a case of "Focus them on this one thing and get it sorted before moving onto something else, or they won't focus on anything at all".

It's why major charities tend to do one major fundraising drive a year instead of pushing for funding all year around.
Onee-chan123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's just it.. things like this are happening all over the world, but because of the video for Kony 2012, people are now only focused on Africa.. we can't stop all of the people who are doing horrible things, sadly, more would just arise from who knows where..:c
LavenderBaby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hey did you get Breanna and Kelby's letter
DarkLadyShadow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Artist
On the news last night KONY 2012 was on. The news said if you donate to the charities for KONY 2012 only 30% goes to Africa.
beeabeeon49 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
What is strange is that I read the previous post on Kony and had no idea who he was, then I walked into school the next day and there were posters about him everywhere...

Anyway, I got around to watching the video and was, quite honestly, horrified. I then read the separate sides of the story, and now don't know what to think. In my opinion, I think we should be doing something about Joseph Kony - even if we don't support Invisible Children. My views are echoed at the bottom of the second link - keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.
LinaLeonheart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my high school actually did some funding for Invisible Children. Our school almost made the most money in our state. This was a few years ago but their mission is true and they do a lot to help children and families in Africa. In fact most of the money my school made help built a school.
Rokutenshi131 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's getting annoying, to be honest. I understand it's a cause and the kids need to be saved and the guy needs to be stopped and everything but I just don't see how putting KONY 2012 everywhere is going to help anything. Like "I'm not going to donate a single dollar to the cause or join any protests, but I'm going to change my Facebook profile picture and cover photo to the KONY poster and that'll help EVERYTHING."
But seriously. This KONY thing. I'm going to stick this one out and wait til it blows over. :P
Cameraxel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
i found the guardian's video. sad.

it is a good artical. thanks for linking it Kelly.
AmIAPrettyStar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
We have a girl at our school who wants to "Raise money to send to the government so they have more funds to work on more efficient ways to track Kony and kill him" and she get's angry at the rest of us when we say we prefer to raise money for Uganda. So on Monday a few of the School leaders (Including myself) Are going to speak on our parade informing the Juniors and Seniors of what is happening {Since a lot don't know still} and make our own posters to hang around the place~
Gurlow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
as famous as we need to make kony we should make yoweri museveni the president of uganda iconic. That asshole's been running uganda into the ground since the eighties was behind the "kill the gays" bill and has been using someone like kony as a strawman for a while now. Kony's a rabid dog to be sure, but museveni is the one who's let him off the leash. It should also be noted museveni has ties to the folks in that book I got for ya.
KellyJane Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed. Museveni is just as bad, if not worse. If only people had the attention span to focus their energies on more than one bad guy at once..
CuriousStraydog Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do agree that Kony needs to be taken down...but I also think that the Invisible Children group should give a much bigger percentage of their money to the main cause than that. >.< Gosh, that actually annoys me.
Ballsohard Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Photographer
This is very helpful, Great job!
SarahxXxNightfallxXx Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Here's what I posted on Facebook earlier:

I want to stress that while I support stopping Kony, I'm not too sure about Invisible Children. Finding a plan to save these children will be the most difficult part, as they are the Soldiers that Kony will have defend him. I don't support sending troops to kill the Children we're trying to save, even if it is "for the greater good". He's kidnapped 30,000 children, in his army are a few hundred currently. I hope that we will find a solution, raising awareness is important, however, rushing into action will only be destructive and detrimental

----> I don't necessarily know that my opinion is the right one. I'd like to be able to help, but at the current time, I don't have the ideas nor the means necessary to do anything. I'm glad that so many people are in support of helping others, but I don't really know what the right course of action is.
Princess-of-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
That you for sharing this. I feel I have a much better understanding of the situation now: until only a few minutes ago, I had merely only watched Kony 2012 and assumed that was the utter truth; I see now that was pretty ignorant of me to do.
k-kipper Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
FlawlessNobody Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Recently, they started a group called "The Invisible Children" at my school. I had no idea what they were unti lnow, thank you for getting me in the know~
LaSalvi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thank you for sharing this, Kelly.
This is always the kind of thing people get over-excited about without knowing everything.

There's always something kind od suspicious about these organisations. I'm glad some questions rose from all this and that it moved some sh*t around.

Better be well informed, right?
accioglee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Writer
I'm really supportive of getting Kony's name out there (not so much Invisible Children, thanks for providing some good places for research by the way.) but I was talking to a friend that's recently gone to Uganda, and she said that she was worried about it all. Apparently their government is quite corrupt (As many are in places filled with poverty and other horrible things like this) and she brought up the concern that making a big deal of this could cause a backlash on the people of Uganda.
She actually ended up getting caught up in the middle of a group of people trying to protest when she was there, and apparently the way the government responded was terrible. To the point she had to hide in her car behind a building so she wasn't shot/didn't get rocks thrown through the window/wasn't effected by the tear gas.
Yeah, I personally love that we're able to make such a difference with this and I'm really hoping it'll bring a positive change, but she really brought up some interesting points that I thought I should share.
Sorry for such a long post, haha.
lynxmari Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012

Isincerly didn't believe in this cause even before I googled it. I don't think killing or detaining Kony will help the people he may or may not have hurt properly anyways.
MrsUzumaki13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Me and my friend are buy the posters and the bracelets and spreading them around town, we are making a stand!
badgeryaoi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I'm quite pleased to see that you are portraying/offering all angles to this story. I have not yet read/watched it so dont know what its about but i have found it quite interesting watching all the different views pop up on social networking sites it appears to be a very controversial and not fully understood, mainly because people follow the popular trends just because thats what everyone else is doing.
as for me i shall hold my view on the subject until i have full knowledge.
HgCrazyAlchemyKid Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
The first time I even heard of the whole invisible and Kony situation was a couple years ago, when my school started a club called The Invisible children's club. But all of the sudden his name has been popping up everywhere, both the internet and the news. My only question is, if this guy is that bad why isn't he on the top of the world's most wanted list? I know hes really bad and all that but hes like #9 on the list, his status might change soon though...
The-Tallest Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Ironic how our teachers in school had us watch the video?
supercutievivi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I understand both sides and believe that it is heartbraking that this is happening and it should be stopped. The thing I am getting annoyed with is people in my school and facebook clearly not getting the message and are only doing it because it is basically 'the latest trend', I keep seeing status's on facebook like; 'Kill Kony 2012' ¬¬ these people clearly did not even listen to the guy saying to watch and listen carefully. I am all for helping this cause but I think people should do it because they care not for it being the latest trend. I think if people are going to support Kony 2012 then I hope they do it for the right reasons :)
It is horrid what this man has done and all the lives he has ruined, My friends and I are doing presentations in school to the younger years on Kony 2012.
DanceWaterDance9 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Its horrible what Kony does. The kids need to be helped :( They came to my school in 2011. The Jacob guy came as well and talked to my whole school. It was amazing hearing his story and seeing hundreds of people crying
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
thanks for posting the both sides of the story. I agree with ~X-titan , the contorversy regarding Invisible Children shouldn't affect the fact that Kony needs to be stopped, and the example given by that member was quite clear. But also, the very fact that this was brought to attention is important. I didn't know about this man before this video, and for the good or for the bad of some of Invisible Children's views,awareness WAS and IS needed. From there, actions belong to the people that make them. But awareness is important to begin everything.
X-titan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I'm glad you put it that way. A lot of people in response to the issues with Invisible Children have concluded to no longer strive for the downfall of Kony. Which is silly and disheartening. It's like refusing to help Katrina victims because the Red Cross was hording donation money.
Loxes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thank you for posting both sides of the story. Obviously we shouldn't just blindly support something without further investigation, but the smug 'WELL I'M NOT JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON' attitude from some people makes me feel kind of ill.
Pokegirl01 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, this is quite the story. I have to admit that when i saw the video, i was moved.
I'm glad you put both sides of the story, because if not some would just jump right onto the boat.
I know that it's not a scam, obviously Kony is bad and needs to be stopped. Invisible children is getting good and bag wraps about it. There are many organizations like that, working for a cause, and even they have bad things that the media has brought to our attention. Invisible children is bringing it to our attention, and whether they've done good or bad things in the time, it doesn't change the fact that the light has shone.
I myself and not one to get involved in politics, and i will honestly tell you that i had no idea who Kony was until the video. I am very happy to know though, that in my ignorance of not knowing, someone was fighting.
I believe that the government is trying, and i believe that everyone getting involved and showing support is beyond amazing. BUT....I don't think we need all those items to show our support, I think we can make those on our own and support with our own way. I can say this because many students on my campus have been already posting Kony posters that have been printed off on regular paper.
That is my opinion, and i thank you for bringing to my attention. I find you to be very strong for doing this.
Thank you :)
Wolftale Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Personally, I am liking that this is having so much debate over it because the reality is that it was the purpose of KONY 2012 video and the poster campaign that will be happening. There are facts in each side of the issue and hopefully with all the bashing on one another a new ground will be found from it which will actually find a better way to capture Kony.
DeathBeforeDishonour Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Writer
Once upon a time there was an organisation called The UN. They thought that they would be a force for good, they were wrong. You want change? you make it with the fist, better worlds are made by people who make them in the blood of those who would destroy it.

The UN needs to stop being a peaceful organisation, it is time to make a world where people like the founders of Kony 2012 are not only heard, but investigated. If proved correct, like in this case, assemble an international military force and end it. I am not suggesting assassinations, I am suggesting policing, we have set up an organisation for inditing criminals but not catching them. It's like saying "I know that the fox is eating my chickens, when he walks into my house and into this nice cage I've made him, then justice will be done". You don't do that; you set up traps, you get dogs, you build fox proof enclosures for the chickens.

Anyway, that is my penny's worth.
Emerald-Glaceon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know it's not a scam entirely, but I'm not going to donate to the Invisible children, though I'm completely for the arrest/death of Knoy. So I'm in support of the program, but not the organization. I'm going to blanket the night, with my friends. We are looking foreward to it. I'll just print my own posters.
leopup13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
i have actually heard of this just today. I have been meaning ot watch it but I had forgotten what it was called and didn't know how it was spelt. thanks, I'll be sure to watch it and give my opinion
Subarashii-Tasogare Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Photographer
You know you can support organizations like UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders that will do better work in fixing this problem?

Invisible Children shouldn't be supported. At all. They support the Ugandan Goverment Army, which can be just as shady as Kony himself.

And if you think nothing is being done:
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KellyJane Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Comment hidden due to irrelevance.
lhead Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
hardly irrelevant if it's about kony then be accepting of an opinion. Don't want to accept an opinion don't make a journal about it. Don't like my opinion personally? I will still broadcasting it there is little you can do to stop my opinion.
KellyJane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Go for it, but do it on your own profile.
Your comment was irrelevant and was nothing more than an attempt to incite someone to vocally disagree with you.

Continue your "broadcasting" elsewhere. You won't be doing it here.
Argenticious Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, this all got very confusing, very suddenly. I ended up jumping straight in without checking the depth of the water, after being told about it by my friends (Guess I lacked the common sense to do my own research!). Looking at all of the different sources being provided by you and others on Deviantart and elsewhere, I think I have decided that Invisible Children is not the best place to be distributing money. There are, after all, other charities that focus ALL of their money on aiding those in distress. Thought provoking stuff, and lessons learnt for future reference. :P
Successoroffate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
There's always a catch...
Nixity Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm in full support of Invisible Children and I'm getting a little fed up of the doubts. I'm not saying we should stop questioning things but it wasn't a good excuse to not support them in the first place. Now that the costs are clear cut, I hope people will do the positive thing and help instead of making excuses to not do anything. April 20th, Who is with me?!?
AnotherWonder Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It especially bugs me that some people on the internet are ignorant enough as to call the entire thing a scam. I can understand that some believe the money is going to the wrong place- well that's their decision. However, the point is that we're trying to get the news of Kony out there. For people to just tell everyone that the entirety of the issue is a scam; 'There's no such thing as Kony.', 'All of this is slime..', is completely immature. At leasy give the people their right to make their own decisions.
AnotherWonder Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not saying you did anything wrong, by the way, but there are people out there that I've had to argue with about the subject. I agree with your opinion on this matter.
Groovy-Guy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thanks for compiling this. Was just after reading the Guardian.
This seems to be a problem people bring up with all charities all the time with how they spend the money raised. The people who give money don't always realise how much money goes into advertising the campaign. Every Easter I help raise money for Trocaire and I remember a few years ago people kicking up fuss about spending around a third of the money raised on advertising. But if it isn't advertised how will be know about it to give money to help?
KellyJane Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mmm, agreed. I think Invisible Children needs to rethink it's financing (as the amount being paid for admin and salaries is somewhat questionable), but I don't think they're the big evil the Visible Children blog makes them out to be.

Still, at the same time, I'm all for promoting the need to bring down Kony, but I won't be giving IC my money in the process.
destinyislandgirl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I've known about Kony and Invisible Children and Uganda for YEARS....... I was part of my schools service learning program who was heavily involved in their organization. I have met the guys who have created IC. And I have met some people from Uganda who were former kidnapped child soldiers or had family members taken. I always laugh when I hear someone say they are a scam artist organization. The real scam organizations are those sponser a child program things, PETA, and unfortunatly the Red Cross.

The war in Uganda has been going on for almost 30 years, it is crazy that people are just starting to notice.
I know Kony and the LRA are trying to get rid of a corrupt government but kidnapping children and forcing them to fight and giving little girls to his commanding officers as "gifts" defeats any "good" he was trying to do.
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