Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012 and Uganda Education

In early March 2012, a campaign against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony rapidly gained momentum in the West. the Kony 2012 video told the story of human-rights abuses by the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Within days, the video was viewed millions of times, and a growing movement seeks to hold Kony responsible for his various atrocities. Within a day or two after this surge in attention, however, questions emerged about the film itself and the instigators of this movement.

The film will be shown on the Bridgwater State University campus at 7pm on Thursday, April 12. By creating this blog a month ahead of the event, I hope to encourage campus and community members to do as much of their own research on this topic as possible ahead of the screening. In this way, we can have a more meaningful discussion of Joseph Kony, the film itself, human rights in Uganda more generally, and the appropriate role of Western observers, scholars, and activists.


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