Hela havet stormar kring Konykampanjen
Den som ännu inte sett den halvtimmeslånga kampanjfilmen, i skrivande stund med över 77 miljoner visningar på Youtube, ligger definitivt i kölvattnet under fikarasterna. Filmens kvalitet och syfte, filmmakarens eventuella förenkling av en komplex verklighet, allt detta har debatterats i flera fora.
En av våra egna favoriter är den korta men mycket talande kommentaren från en ugandisk hjälparbetare i Gulu i norra Uganda; ”Här har vi inte sett en själ från LRA sedan 2006!”
I norra Uganda är internetuppkopplingen ofta bristfällig. Därför har många av dem som filmen handlar om inte kunnat ta del av den. Men en lokal organisation ordnade en visning. Se resultatet här: http://blogs.aljazeera.com/africa/2012/03/14/ugandans-react-anger-kony-video
"No matter what one feels about the Kony 2012 campaign, there is something profoundly inspiring about the conversation around it. The video and the conversation have gripped millions around the world. People are actively engaging in a debate and a discussion about war, poverty, and responsible media representation of conflict. It is almost certainly the largest scale at which that conversation has ever taken place."Nathaniel Whittemore, founder of the Center for Global Engagement (via Co.Exist)
"Did "We are the world" made the current generations care more about the world they live in? Well, seeing how millions of people apparently had no idea that horrors such as the likes of Kony happened in Africa, as they did in Japan, Cambodia, China or Latin America, well, I think it did not." Utile Futile, (bloggsvar till Nathaniel Whittemore)
"I deeply respect American sentimentality, the way one respects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly". Novelist Teju Cole (twitter)
"Listening to women & men speak of complexities facing communities, I'm re-offended by banality of Kony video @WomenInWorld @10x10act #wiw12" Maaza Mengiste, författare (twitter)
"It surprises me that an american is asking a failed and failing america in iraq and afghanistan to come "save" uganda" Andrew M Mwenda, journalist Uganda (twitter).
"Let’s suppose for a moment that, on balance, everyone conforms to their worst stereotypes: the badvocacy organization is simplistic, self-aggrandizing, and adolescent; and the academics are so busy being nuanced and obscure that they are useless. (These are not hard things to suppose.) Could, in spite of it all, the KONY 2012 campaign still lead to the right solution? I think the answer might be yes." Chris Blattman, Yale
“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us. There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.” Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.
"What is the Invisible Children campaign doing? Advocating fighting violence with more violence? Garnering international support for a violent government? Having uninformed celebrities express shock and horror? Focusing this conflict on one person only? Having millions of people punch the air in cries for war and U.S. troops? And to what end?" Mareike Schomerus, director of the Justice and Security Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
"Though Mr. Russell is at a loss to fully explain it, he has clearly tapped into a vein of youthful idealism that the authorities the world over have been struggling - and failing - to comprehend and keep up with." Josh Kron and J David Goodman, New York Times
"If Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Bono had a baby, I would be that baby." Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children
"The “Invisible Children” campaign could learn a little from those of us who care about accuracy and context. But I think we could learn something from them about how to get a message across, and how to talk to a generation that has stopped bothering to read newspaper and watch TV news." Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News
"Yes #Kony is very important. But please don't suggest "the media" wasn't covering it until now: http://nyti.ms/yCi8RW." Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mails Senior Media Writer (twitter).
“The film is void of any means like peace efforts that have gone on and it simplifies the war to Joseph Kony - a mad evil man. This war was bigger than Joseph Kony and those who will end it won’t be Americans. It’s a complex war that requires African governments of Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic to work together to pacify the region.” Rosebell Kagumire, journalist (Uganda)
“To call the campaign a misrepresentation is an understatement. While it draws attention to the fact that Kony, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005, is still on the loose, it’s portrayal of his alleged crimes in Northern Uganda are from a bygone era. At the height of the war between especially 1999 and 2004, large hordes of children took refuge on the streets of Gulu town to escape the horrors of abduction and brutal conscription to the ranks of the LRA. Today most of these children are semi-adults. Many are still on the streets unemployed. Gulu has the highest numbers of child prostitutes in Uganda. It also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.” Ugandan blogger Angelo Izama
“It is totally misleading to suggest that the war is still in Uganda, I suspect that if that’s the impression they are making, they are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.” Fred Opolot, spokesman for the Ugandan government. (via the Telegraph).
"But aside from that, the truth about Invisible Children is that we are not an aid organization, and we don’t intend to be. I think people think we’re over there delivering shoes or food. But we are an advocacy and awareness organization. There’s a rabid hunger to criticize the spending of charities because of abuse in the past. But all of our finances are public record. You can go online and see how much we make. I pay $300 a month in rent and don’t even own a bed. I sleep on the floor. We’re in this because we love it, because this is the job of our dreams. Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children
"The momentum this film has garnered is due to the power of YOU. An enormous & humble thank you." Invisible Children (twitter)