We should not deny Ugandans the chance to bring a man who has committed horrific crimes to justice. However we must be careful that our moral greed does not inadvertently force Ugandan reconciliation backwards.
Supporters of the Kony 2012 campaign have posed two questions to critics: 'what would you do?', and 'what's the problem with getting the issue more attention?'. But African and international efforts have already solved most of the problems associated with the LRA, let's keep up those efforts.
In the backlash against Kony 2012 a
real discussion of what the international community can and should do has been
lost. Despite the bias against intervention there is still a responsibility to
Focused on the
challenges of declining funds and public skepticism at home, development
organisations tend to pay more attention to ´what works´ to convince donors and
journalists, rather than finding out first what resonates with the people they
mean to help. What kind of success is a film which its intended
´beneficiaries´ would rather do without? asks Ute Seela
Ending the violence and insecurity perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army is more about empowering civil society and developing local solutions across many countries than about keeping US military advisers in Northern Uganda. The youthful, Western attention brought to the issue by Invisible Children and #Kony2012 is not in itself a solution
Invisible Children's controversial campaign highlights the pressing question of international engagement in conflict, which openSecurity seeks to address through our debate 'Peacebuilding from a Southern Perspective'.
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