I remember very clearly when “Kony 2012” came out. It went viral immediately, and yet did not seem to receive a lot of critical attention, despite the many questions it raised about the charity’s role, specifically its neutrality, in the fight it purported to merely be advertising. Those questions become even more pertinent now, as Invisible Children five years on is in a very different place than it was, arguably a place even more damaging to credibility of NGOs and charities in conflict zones around the world. Or, maybe it’s putting its money where its mouth is and actually trying to actively help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Read on, and decide for yourself.
At the same time, the US has been helping local Ugandan forces whittle away at the LRA, in the hopes of isolating the core and helping those brutalised into involvement reintegrate into their home communities. But despite this innovation, both US and Ugandan troops are rolling back their efforts to find and eradicate the remnants of the LRA. What does this mean for the non-governmental actors involved?