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A Uguanda Response 2012

What ever happened to the Kony 2012 campaign?!?!, its been a while since we’ve heard anything on the topic. For the past month or so, we’ve been only getting one side of the Kony 2012 campaign and so I found it very interesting to listen to NPR podcast about the Invisible Children Kony 2012 video.. In response to Kony 2012, a group of Uguandan journalists made a video that sheds light on the Uguandians and their reaction to the campaign and their plans for helping the Uguandans. According to the podcast the video was “less polished” than the original video and only had 3,900 youtuve views within the first week.

According to Uguanda 2012 contributer Rosebell Kagumire, Uguandans were worried about the video damaging Uguanda’s reputation and having it affect its tourism, and image. When asked to talk about the video, Kagumire said that “We are not looking to raise up emotions, we are looking to get thoughtful emotions to end this war.” She then goes on to explain that the aim should not be just to capture Kony, but to think about his victims and their struggles, along with their hopes for their future. Instead of just focussing on eliminating Kony from being a threat, Uguanda has other issues that need to be dealt with. For example, Rosebell talks about a major neurological disease in Northern Uguanda called the “nodding disease” that currently affects 2,000 children between the ages of 5 and 15. She uses this an example to claim that there are other serious health issues in Uguanda that the world should be more imformed about instead of just directing their attention to Kony 2012. In reaction to the Kony 2012 video and Invisible Children, Rosebell says that she “finds it obsurd that people who can afford to tell the story correctly, choose to tell it the wrong way” and that she owes nothing to invisible children because of the way thay have depicted the situation in Uguanda.

I am completely for expressing the views of the Ugaundans themselves, instead of just having a one-sided story. If the world were more for the interest of the Uguandans and the victims of the war, they would have involve the Uguandans themselves to create a joined effort in solving Uguanda’s issues. As for the health concerns of Uguandan children, I feel that there should be more exposure on this through the media , as well as a mobilized effort to spread the word about the real truth behind what is happening. It is almost as though the U.S is trying to tackle this problem on its own without including certain factors that have been left out. People should be more aware of why they are doing something or joining a cause rather than just because everyone else is. Its sad to know that the Uguanda 2012 video received much less attention than the Kony 2012 video. This just goes to show how much social media and video editing could really make an impact on its viewers, instead of the people behind the videos themselves.

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