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Responding to Criticism
Human Rights – Uganda’s government is not too happy about all the attention that has been stirred up by the recent Kony 2012 campaign, and has taken to the internet and social media to set the record straight about the “false impression” people have gained about the country.
All the controversy surrounds fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, who is said to have “a fondness for hacking off limbs,” and is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for accusations of “abudcuting children to use as fighters and sex slaves.”
After a YouTube video about Kony went viral, Uganda is speaking out and wants the world to know that Kony, the founder of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), is not in the country and it is “doing all it can to find him.”
“The Kony 2012 campaign fails to make one crucial point clear. Joseph Kony is not in Uganda,” said Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
Insisting that the video campaign does not accurately portray the situation in the country, he continued, “Uganda is not in conflict. Uganda is a modern, developing country which enjoys peace, stability and security.”
The viral video, made by Jason Russell, a Califormia-based film maker, who recently made a mad naked dash through traffic, had nearly 80 million hits on YouTUbe, and helped raise global awareness about the “atrocities committed by the LRA, including kidnapping children and forcing them to fight.”
Russell, who is also the co-founder of the group Invisible Children, was recently hospitalized, the group claims, for “‘exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition,’ stemming from the emotional toll of recent weeks.”
In addition to filming his own YouTube video in response to the Kony 2012 campaign, Mbabazi took to the realm of twitter using the hashtag #KonyisntinUganda, to encourage celebrities like Ryan Seacrest, Taylor Swift, and Warren Buffet,” to visit Uganda and see for themselves how peaceful it is. (#butyoustillhavethekillthegaybill)
Read more at the Huffington Post.