The “Stop Kony” movement on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has gotten a lot of traction lately. The Ugandan guerrilla leader, Joseph Kony, has become a household word since a viral video was released telling of his abuses and viciousness. John Vinson reported on it here on Wednesday.
However, another video is going viral that was made in response to the first. A girl from Uganda living in the U.S. says that the entire movement and uproar is misled. She does not defend Kony. Rather, she says that the people of Uganda know that Kony is already dead and has been for five years. She goes on to criticize the “Invisible Child” organization that raises funds from the video, saying that they keep a lot of the money.
The response seems odd, though not entirely unbelievable. The biggest curiosity about the whole thing is that the United States government seems to think Kony is a living threat. In May 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act into law, funding efforts to stop the leader.