• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 14 comments on The Making of Kony 2012

  1. Who says that the video misleads viewers?? It was pretty clear about Kony not operating in Uganda anymore. And as far as having fewer than 500 members in his army? I’m fairly certain the main point of the video was that NO child should have to suffer Kony’s hell. It seems that their goal is to bring that number to less than one.

  2. Well, the intellectuals from Uganda says so, GregoryM.

    It is another film about “Africans are so f’d up, only we civilized can rescue them.” As if such a Hollywood logic of drawing a line between the heroic elf and the evil other is so applicable in reality.

    Why is it so easy to make us believe that some African monsters (alongside with Muslim monsters, of course) are just so simple-minded and can enslave women and children for no good reason? Really? Why don’t you listen to how local people think what the issue really is, not just about the issue you have defined?

    Let alone this whole Kony thing is NOT framed as “Christian terrorism, so please, all the Christians on earth, why can’t you control your fellows, coz there must be something wrong with your religion.”

    How about we bring the number of children suffering in Palestine, living in the consequences of Iraq War and Afghanistan War?

  3. Last year Invisible Children only used 32% of its donations to actually help children. The rest went into their own salaries. As we’ve already seen, Kony has been on the run for the past decade, nor is our government ignoring the issue. Invisible Children seems like a scam to me.

    1. What is wrong with some of your donations going to their salaries? People who work at not for profits need to make money and have food on their table too. I expect that when I donate to any organization some of the money is going to support the people who work for the organization. Also not all 68% goes to the salaries. Some of it goes to the other expenses that go along with running a business – electricity, plumbing, heating, rent, office supplies, plane tickets, etc. You can’t expect people to work for nothing or to work with nothing.

      1. I expect any legitimate charity to give a reasonable percentage of its contributions to the cause it supports. 32% is completely unacceptable. I would consider 80% to be a baseline, and over 90% is ideal. Anything less is not worth donating to.

        1. This is an interesting point. If the sole purpose of an organization is to raise money, then you would expect more of the donations to go towards that goal. However, if an organization exists to do more, such as “educate” the public, then I would expect that the percentage of donations given to the goal of raising money to be less. And 80-90%? Come on… that is not feasible. Think about how hard it is to actually raise any money when running a donation drive through a student group at BU.

          1. The Red Cross actually manages over 90% because they are well-managed and keep the overhead low. I think you will find that most reputable charities do indeed keep it above 80%. If Invisible Children wants to be an advocacy group, that’s fine, but people should know that their donations are going to making movies instead of actually helping children.

  4. then i wonder how non-profits and organizations like charity: water manage to give 100% of their raised funds to the work they do to bring clean water sources to developing countries…

  5. Does anyone else find it interesting that after 2 billion barrels oil were found in Uganda this “charity” has gained both notoriety and funding? Uganda is among the most corrupt governments in Africa, if not the world. The Ugandan Peoples Defense force, the recipient of charity from Invisible children, is also responsible for heinous crimes against humanity; including murder, rape, abduction, and child soldiering. Invisible Children is not contributing in any sort of way to the betterment of Uganda, Kony has been out of Uganda for ten years, his arrest would not do anything for the country. Instead of directing valuable resources and attention to one man who is at the moment powerless, we should think about what other things would help the country itself. Invisible Children is a product of social media ignorance, I hope no BU alum or student would blindly accept the video or charity as legitimate without researching it.

  6. I’ve worked in Northern Uganda, and have cried with men and women who have survived either being a child soldier, or who have been directly brutalized by the LRA. And while yes, there may be certain things I do not necessarily agree with when it comes to IC and their recent film, fundamentally, I think what they are doing is amazing, because at least they’re doing something…

    Here is an amazing article wonderfully written by a woman who I find inspiring and enlightening, and who poignantly encapsulates the issue – regardless if your for it or against it.


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