The recent “Kony 2012” viral video has highlighted serious disagreement within and between the research, humanitarian, activist, and policy communities over whether the film is to be commended for raising awareness, or criticized for its misleading portrayal of the conflict. Its recommendations have been similarly debated. However, supporters and critics of the film have found common ground in highlighting the serious need for more information and a better understanding of the conflict surrounding the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), as well as the situation in northern Uganda and its neighboring states.
In an attempt to address this deficit of information, a group of leading researchers and activists on the LRA have launched a new website, Making Sense of Kony. The site features a blog which is already host to a number of contributions from experts on the LRA and the associated conflict, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions about the LRA and the Kony 2012 film, a list of resources and links for further reading, and a discussion forum.
In the storm that has erupted over Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign, one conclusion that people on all sides of the controversy tend to agree upon is the deep, even desperate, need for more information about the conflict in northern Uganda. In an effort to respond to this demand, a group of scholars and activists with extensive experience in the region have come together to develop an on-line resource for those seeking to learn more about the conflict, its legacy in Uganda, and the LRA-associated violence in central Africa. It is our aim that the materials found here will contribute to the growing public debate about the conflict and help inform both citizen activism and policy decisions. Although divergent political positions and practical programs are reflected in the materials we present, all are founded upon a common commitment to the importance of critique, debate, and learning. Our hope is that this forum will evolve into a long-term source of information on the conflict and its repercussions, incorporating contributions by a growing community of researchers and activists.
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