In Response to the Previous Post About Kony and Invisible Children: A Question of Accountability

Promise me you’ll read everything I say.

First off, I want to direct you to this:

Second off, the campaign for Make Kony Famous is a great idea, but do bear in mind that the support organization (Invisible Children) has some major problems, which seems to raise the question about their legitmacy. One of those links in the tumblr above goes to a reddit post where a rep from IC demonstrated their profit information, and a member went around digging and found shit like $1.07 million dollars being used for travel expenses in 2011. That’s a lot of money. In addition, the charity hasn’t been audited externally, like they’re trying to hide something.

From the link above

“Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited.

However, perhaps the following information may be most damning of all: “The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money funds 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 ofrape 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arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission.”

So let us make Kony famous, and remove him from the world, but keep caution regarding this whole process. I admit I got swept up in the passion of it all, but if we take a step back, perhaps it is not as black and white as we once thought. The lesson of this story? Always, always do the research, no matter how inspired or angry you feel about a particular organization, event, and etc. God, as much as I hate to say it, but there are always some strings attached huh? Thoughts on the the counter point?

Sean Rowe “Wet”

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