KONY 2012 (Scam?)

Posted on 07 March 2012 by admin


From The Daily What?

On Kony 2012: I honestly wanted to stay as far away as possible from KONY 2012, buy viagra the latest fauxtivist fad sweeping the web (remember “change your Facebook profile pic to stop child abuse”?), cheap but you clearly won’t stop sending me that damn video until I say something about it, decease so here goes:

Stop sending me that video.

The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.

The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”

Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.

Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.

Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.

The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.

There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible.

16 Comments For This Post

  1. @BdashRay Says:

    From fellow WAPA Charlie Pike Via Facebook.

    "The one great thing that Invisible Children did that none of these other organizations could…was actually raise awareness of the problem to this level (if it takes an emotional video, so be it, it ain't easy to get anyone's attention on anything). No matter what you do nowadays, there is always gonna be some other side telling you the evils of that movement. So they opened up the conversation and now everyone must decide where to go from here."

  2. Marques Fajardo Says:


  3. cal Says:

    Awareness campaigns are to public policy, what little league is to the MLB.

  4. spikejack12 Says:

    by that meaning MLB depends on the little league? MLB is the big hitter that wouldn't be in existence without little leagues(awareness campaigns)
    around the country ultimately raising interest and feeding the players into the system (public policy) that people are aware of.
    it takes a lot to get peoples attention AWAY from the mindless media that contributes nothing to the world

  5. Random objector Says:

    your litraly just saying things and putting forward negative idears but befor you tell us to research what we trust, maby you should fully explore your points and give us proof instead of proposing acusations.

  6. greg Says:

    It is definitely a scam:

  7. jon douche Says:

    And theres now a Kony Android App LOL….

  8. hmmm Says:

    @random objector maybe you should correct your spelling errors and grammatical mistakes before you attack someone's post. just saying.

  9. Semtex Says:

    ^Honestly, I do agree about grammar is important to a certain degree, but if one can make themselves understandable despite this, it isn't that much of a matter, and definitely not worth pointing out in the long run.

    Good post.

  10. Pat Says:

    Thanks, nice to hear a bit of balance on this issue.

  11. Jake Says:

    sums this situation up pretty much

  12. @BdashRay Says:

    everything you need to know and more right here

  13. Mary Mugisha Says:

    I have shortened my response cos the comment section would not allow such a long response but read my full response of the kony 2012 here:

    The charity group 'Invisible Children Inc’ started off with the benevolent intention to collect money to help these children. But in the last 3 years ‘Invisible Children’ has turned away from their original objective of charity for Africa to Charity that enriches them selves.

    'Invisible Children inc' directors have become so rich, they drive in fancy cars, own fancy houses. They pay themselves a basic minimum salary of $89,000 each, if you add benefits and allowances etc, each of them could easily earn at least $150,000. And those are earnings that they are declaring legally. How about what they do not declare?

    'Invisible children' directors have used the 'invisible children cause and concerts' to promote their individual music and film aspiration careers. At every major invisible children concert, these directors place ads about their music bands and film companies. Their ads very often supersede the concert cause.

    What is so annoying is that, the war of Joseph Kony that the 'Invisible children Inc’ capitalized on, has since ended over 3 years a go. So with the End of the war, 'Invisible Children Inc' funding started to trickle down. They had to invent new ways to invigorate and solicit new ways of collecting funds. So In 2010, they created a new campaign called 'invisible children state side'. This campaign was to collect funds on behalf of the poor Children of Uganda and claim that they were using this money in the United States rather than sending it to Uganda. They claimed that the money raised was to be used in the United States to influence policies in Washington rather than send it to help children in Uganda. Of this money raised with the ‘state side campaign’, less than 10% was received by the children of Uganda, for which they claim to advocate for.

    In 2011 they created another campaign they called 'Joseph kony LRA attacks and sitings website'. Here they also collected donations of money in the name of helping stopping Joseph kony attacks and making people aware of these attacks.

    Now it is in 2012 they have conjured and created the kony2012 campaign and again cleverly have come up with the ploy that they are collecting donation money to assist in capturing Joseph kony. How are they going to use this money to capture kony? The United States Government has already sent full combat ready, 100 Elite American troops to Uganda. These American trrops in conjunction with the Armies of these African Countries; Congo, Central African republic, Uganda, and Southern Sudan are also involved in the exercise of capturing Joseph Kony. So tell me how is kony2012 money collection going to help the children of Northen Uganda? For which 'Invisible Children Inc' claims to represent?

    In many circles, both in Africa and the USA, the directors of Invisible Children Inc have been accused of fraud and embezzlement. Several members of the Acholi Community in the USA had confronted Invisible Children Inc on the matter of openness and accountability. They accused them of Fraud. Instead of addressing these concerns, 'Invisible Children Inc' used donated funds raised, to hire expensive lawyers and sue any one who dared to question their accountability.

    It is an open secret in Uganda that Invisible Children Inc is a scam artist Charity that bank rolls certain Ugandan politicians as well as Local Acholi Leaders. Many of these Ugandan Government Dignitaries have received Gifts of some form from Invisible Children Inc. When Invisible Children Children Inc, directors visit Uganda, they can be seen socializing in the companies of these Politicians. It is also rumored that the Acholi Tribe, Paramount chief and some Acholi members of parliament in Uganda have also been bribed or received gifts from Invisible Children Inc.Others are also saying that USA Lawmakers and USA lobbies have received funding from ‘Invisible Children Inc’. Unlike in Uganda, in the USA, It is much easier to find which USA lobbyist received money or gifts from ‘Invisible Children Inc.

  14. raoulcares Says:

    wow, darling beautifully copied and pasted from – research genius you must be. Kony's still out there – displaced 320,000 people in Congo in four years – UNHCR – the facts

  15. Samantha Brewington Says:

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Samantha Brewington and I am a 22 year old BA (Hons) Creative events management student in my second year at University College Falmouth university. I am writing to you as, part if my module requires me to create an investigative case study. The title of my case study is An investigation into the distribution of money during the planning of a charity run event/events.’

    Kony has taken the world by storm, and generated so much interest over night. I am looking into the distribution of money during a charity run event and was wondering if you had any information or would be willing to do a short online interview for me?

    If you are free to do this I will send you through the questions. This would help me greatly!

    Look forward to hearing from you soon

    Best Wishes

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