The “Kony 2012” campaign to capture a Ugandan warlord has sparked a backlash in the country and in the United States. Some experts say the video over-simplifies the regional conflict and is patronising towards the people it is meant to help.
Emira Woods of the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies said: “The overall message of video – that Americans, young, well meaning, can change the face of history – I think strips away understanding that is critical in 21st century of Africans, of people taking their destiny into their own hands.”
Ugandan authorities are also up in arms over the video that has gone viral on the internet, because they say the situation on the ground now is completly different.
Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said: “This is an account of a historical fact but that is not coming out. It gives the impression that Uganda is still at war, people are still displaced, those many children are still out sleeping on the streets in Gulu and of course this not true.”
But critics and Invisble Children, the group behind the video do agree that supporters of the project should broaden their knowledge about a series of complex issues.