Reasons I'm being negative, and I'm sure I'll get bashed for this. They came to speak at our school, and made a big deal about sending money to the Ugandan millitary. This is bad. First, Kony isn't even in Uganda. It'd be like funding the Mexican police to track down a man in Argentina. Second: the Ugandan millitary is using this as an excuse to enter other countries and exploit the Congo's resources, while murdering and raping innocents. The Ugandan government is full of far worse criminals than Kony, and their president is responsible for millions of deaths. Third: Their financial status is questionable. They've refused BBB to look into any affairs, and their transparency rating is worryingly low on Charity Navigator, plus there's allegations of fraud relating to their lobbying activities. Four: There's allegations Kony is already dead. His group is no longer large or all that active, there's better places for the money to go, like Doctors without Borders. Five: Most worryingly to me, they don't hide the fact that Invisible Children lobbies for DIRECT millitary intervention in Africa. Didn't we learn anything from our terrorist hunts in the middle east?
Sources. Here: http://www.observer.ug/index.php?opt...ies&Itemid=116
That about the Ugandan army, and Kony already being dead. BBB, look on their website.
Lobbying allegations: http://www.blackstarnews.com/news/12...010-06-02.html
Also, interesting news on this. A friend of mine e-mailed the author of this article earlier today, and he just forwarded me his response:
"(Name removed), I really appreciate that you have taken the time to write to me and ask questions. I have been to Uganda many times and have lots of friends there. I believe that IC is supported by the Pentagon to do their marketing and public relations to justify United States military intervention in parts of Africa. It's not as simple as the good guy vs. bad guy narrative that people like to hear. There are very complicated issues happening. There are actually worse things being perpetrated in Africa by the United States military. I have attached a list of articles and interviews that I have done regarding issues in east Africa. You can also learn more about me and my friends in Africa on my website. Independent Global Citizen http://independentglobalcitizen.com/
I'll make it clear that I have no evidence for his claims, and if you want to research, visit his website. But it IS an interesting development. I also did not get forwarded his attached list of articles when my friend forwarded this to me, but I can try to get them up if anyone is genuinely curious.
Another interesting criticism.
Expanding the idea even farther about the Ugandan troops being a worse evill. From the book "Living with Bad Surroundings": "In northern Uganda, it turned out that the conduct of Museveni’s troops — allegedly a well-disciplined army, controlled and educated by its political wing — soon deteriorated. Killings, rape, and other forms of physical abuse aimed at noncombatants became the order of the day soon after the soldiers established themselves in Acholiland …"
Museveni is the president of Uganda.
Expanding even more because I love you so much Reddit: http://www.wrongingrights.com/2009/0...idea-ever.html
Yes, it's from 2009. Still makes points-and the very last comment is extremely recent and makes even more ones.
: The people that have actually fought against/lived with Kony are AGAINST the IC plan of military intervention. I'm pretty sure violating the will of the people that live there is not the solution.
Also, read Mariod505's comments further on down, about people deleting the criticisms of IC off their wiki page. I'm not saying IC did this, I don't know-but that is NOT the solution.
All I'm asking is for y'all to be aware there is serious issues with this, and at least think before jumping on the emotional bandwagon. A little research goes a long way.