Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012

The Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies "Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa" (CIHA) blog is mentioned by Al-Jazeera and three other media outlets March 12, 2012

From Al-Jazeera:
From Kampala, the Kony 2012 hysteria was easy to miss. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter, and I don't watch YouTube, and the Ugandan papers didn't pick up the story for several days. But what I could not avoid were the hundreds of emails from friends, colleagues, and students in the US about the video by Invisible Children and the massive online response to it. I have not watched the video. As someone who has worked in and done research on the war in northern Uganda for over a decade, much of it with a local human rights organisation based in Gulu, the Invisible Children organisation and their videos have infuriated me to no end - I remember one sleepless night after I watched their "Rough Cut" film for the first time with a group of students, after which I tried to explain to the audience what was wrong with the film while on stage with one of the filmmakers. [Adam Branch is senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda, and assistant professor of political science at San Diego State University, USA. He is the author of Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda. This post first appeared on the CIHA blog, http://www.cihablog.com.]

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For the full story, please visit http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201231284336601364.html.

Monday, March 12, 2012