Truth About Kony 2012 And Invisible Children

 Truth About Kony 2012 And Invisible Children By now most people have probably seen the Kony 2012 film which was created by the charity, Invisible Children and talks about child soldiers in Africa as well as the evil actions of Joseph Kony.

Almost immediately something about this film didn’t seem to feel right. I guess my biggest problem was the way which people were getting so emotional because of a 30 min film without any further knowledge.

I have now found evidence released by other people which confirms my gut reaction about the film and the way it went viral.

Before i get into it let me say that i do not doubt that Joseph Kony is probably an evil man who has done some horrible things and the film does raise some serious issues, however it doesn’t end there.

Invisible Children Charity

This charity has been setup to fight against child soldiers in Africa and claim to want peace, however this photo seems to contradict that view as they posse with guns and the Sudan Army.

The charity have said they would support military action and their money even supports the Ugandan army who have, along with the Sudan army been accused of raping and looting. Further evidence can be found in this book.

The money which is raised by IC is a matter of public record because they are a charity and this has also raised concerns.

The charity raised $8,676,614 and only 32% went into direct services and the rest was salaries, film making and other expenses.

They received only 2/4 stars from the charity navigator for accountability and transparency because their finances are not externally audited.

Joseph Kony

Despite all the fear that Kony posses a threat to children, he has not been seen since 2006

While this man is evil and needs to be captured and tried for his crimes, attempts to do so have not been successful and if they do find him then his child soldiers will likely die to get him.

I am not against people wanting to stop Kony but please keep it in perspective and understand that this is not the only atrocity in the world right now.

Across Africa, children have been used in almost all wars, why are people who said nothing before now wanting to do something about one guy when there’s hundreds of Kony’s out there.

I absolutely support all attempts to track Kony down but i do not support Invisible Children or Kony 2012 because i am not convinced they can be trusted.

Please check part 2 the update

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57 thoughts on “Truth About Kony 2012 And Invisible Children

  1. You do a decent job of summarizing in very basic points the debated issues of this charity. Though there aren’t many links to solid resources backing up your information, someone who’s truly interested in the truth could use it as a jumping-off point; however, you weaken those real issues by finishing with the idea that half the mistake in this cause is getting involved NOW instead of sooner and tackling just this one man instead of all of the hundreds out there at once. No one can get involved in a cause before they’re aware of it, and we can’t address all problems at once. Even the video showed he was the first of many on a list of abusers. This obvious emotional bias at the end discredits your earlier, stronger points.

    If you want to strengthen your argument, I’d be interested to hear more on the abuses by the Ugandan army, how the charity is supporting more violent interventions, and exactly how the charity’s money is being misspent. Site after site, I’m finding all emotional reactions and unsupported accusations. Though a lot of it seems to be coming from a real place, there’s been very little organization to really flush out the facts behind the failures. If you have more information/facts/details to support the ideas in the middle of your post, I hope you will post those.

    • Hi Sal,

      Thank you for your feedback. I disagree about the links, every point i have made has links and what one person thinks is “solid” others will disagree and so it will always be disputed.

      The point i was making at the end was that we all should be doing more to be aware of abuses wherever they are taking place in the world and not waiting until it is brought to our attention.

      I don’t believe it is bias but simply pointing out a fact which even you yourself said was in the film.

      I am glad you enjoyed the post and i hope you continue to seek the truth for yourself because that is what should ultimately shape your opinion on any subject.

  2. Ok here is my opinion, before I start I just want to say I had known about this problem and these wars in Africa long before this video came out…I do support their cause as far as spreading the words about the topic and the problems but I do not support Invisible Children 100% I thanks them for help spreading the world and do support the problem but I find it somewhat of a scam. In the video they said they want us to spread the words and put up stickers in helping spreading the words but how come they charging us for it? I don’t have a problem with spending money in helping a foundation but charging us for stickers and bracelet that show our support? that just seem fishy to me. I will support these guy as far as spreading the words and help raise awarnes but I will not support them finiancialy . Sorry for my bad English, English is my second language so I do appologies if this was hard to read.

    • Today I purchased a kit for only $30 which included bracelets, posters, pins, stickers and a t-shirt. There is a cost in making these items and I am willing to spend $30 dollars to gain tools to increase awareness of this issue.

      • Hi Shelia,

        Did pay someone to make these or invisible children? If you paid IC then may i suggest that you are not just paying for them to be made but the salaries and expenditure of IC.

        Another option would be to design them yourself and have another company make them, you would probably get more for your money and spread the message more.

      • I too purchased the kit and believe they are doing nothing wrong by asking people to pay for this kit with a flat fee or a monthly donation. Thinks cost money to produce and a way for charity’s to raise money is to have people pay for these items

        • Hi Mag,

          Your not just paying the production cost for these items though, you are fund theses people to the tune of $90k a year and only 32% of the money you give will go to the children they say they want to help.

    • Andrew, you said it seems fishy to you because you have to pay for a bracelet or stickers, but they aren’t free to make, it is necessary to have to pay some money. It would be awesome if it were free and they could send everything out to whoever, but we don’t live in that kind of world. If only, if only.. (:

      • Hi Zoe,

        I obviously cannot speak for Andrew but if your going to pay money for a cause then you obviously want as much money going to the cause as possible, so if you buy their merchandise are you spreading the message or filling their pockets? Why not make your own or design you own and have someone else make them? 32% of what you give to IC has gone to your cause and the rest on who knows what.

  3. I agree with some of the points made, but I think you can do better. The precedence of the mass action – if successful – will bring a lot of hope to people all over the world. The place in their heart where they once felt powerless, will now be filled with possibilities and the backing of millions of their peers. As I see it, this small step has the potential to end all wars. When the people stand up and take action, any goal can be met. It only takes 5-10% of the population to influence major change in a society. 63% of Americans don’t agree with the current war waged on Afghanistan (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/30/63-percent-of-american-public-opposes-war-afghanistan_n_802765.html). I think the posters are going to speak greatly to the community about the precedence set before us — how much power do we have over our future? Lots!

    The point is– the power of the people have spoken and we are taking action. We are tired of war, we are tired of lies, we are tired of education cuts, we are tired of dirty energy and tainted food, we are tired of the old way of things. We are going to get out of this– targeting Kony is one of the many first steps in a massive march towards peace. This could be argued further, but I’m pressed for time.

    Lets all try and start an organic garden, compost, help abused women or men, stop a friend from going to war, teach a child about science, teach a child about compassion? Most people only have time to post up fliers, stickers, donate money, or wear a bracelet to support a cause that they feel deeply connected too and understand. Some have time to sleep in tents and awake every morning to educate and facilitate change in the heart of their cities.

    Best wishes to you and your readers,
    Charles

    • Hi Charles,

      The people have not spoken for themselves about ic though, they are reacting to a film and reaction is the best form of control. I agree that people need to rise to stop wars but this isn’t going to do that because most people think this is the only problem in the world right now.

      I agree we should stop this guy but, people need to see what you can see and that’s all the corruption in the world not just this one.

  4. I watched the video and cried wholeheartedly till i got throught he whole thing and said wait a minute something is terribly wrong here. First I was already aware of Obamas plan to invade Sudan so this was a major red Flag. When they said they went to the U.S. government to seek help and finally got it that was another red flag. You never send in troops to a country like that. Peace keepers DO NOT go about it like this. They know better. Any common sense individual that has some knowledge of history knows this will be nothing more but an endless blood bath. I have a very strong feeling that the video is propaganda to get people in support of another illegal war. If you were going to rid a country of a guy like this you start by hiring top mercenaries. They will assess and see if it is even possible to kill this person. Arresting him will never happen he will have to be killed. And personally I do not think they would take the job. This is bad. Very bad.

    • Hi Rich,

      When any goes viral as quick as this and gets people calling for action, i am suspicious. I am going to look into the connection between this organisation and an alterer motive. Thank you for raising this point

  5. U got a better idea? I know it’s flawed but we have to start somewhere and this is working. I’m gonna go with it cause I haven’t seen a better option presented yet.

    • Hi Shem,

      I am not against stopping this guy, but ask yourself why you want to stop him…because of a film. If you put it into prospective then you would see that he is only the tip of the iceberg.

      Stop Kony but don’t support a corrupt organisation to do it.

      • I think that’s a huge leap in assumptions to go from having a couple questionable, yet debatable criticisms, all the way to “corrupt organization”.

        Care to chime in with a full post and debate their response to all these criticisms (and more, as they seem to be continuing to update it) here on their website? http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html

        It’s very easy to be skeptical and write something off when you do some surface level internet skimming and call it research. It’s another thing to dig even deeper, into both sides of the issue, not just the one that supports your own opinions and agenda, and then come to an unbiased and educated conclusion (which one should continue to question, as a conclusion can never be fully concluded if new information continues to become available).

        • Hi Trutheir,

          I have linked to every point i have made so can’t really say that it’s debatable but that’s your opinion and i’ll let other decide for themself.

  6. Best you check out their Critique respons page…
    http://bit.ly/yi4yZs
    Anyway… I think the numbers show that the critics are losing this battle.
    I just LOVE the whole Power of Social Media show. It is awesome, some day we might all agree on a cause and stand together… then again, maybe it’s another Tower of Babel waiting to happen.
    Kind Regards.

    • Hi Tony,

      Of the critic are losing the battle because people are too easily manipulated, just look at them calling for war in Syria because of videos on the news despite evidence showing that the media are lying.

      Social media can be a great tool but it can be used to manipulate people just like the tv.

  7. Before i post my message i want you to know that i never knew about Kony, Museveni, Uganda or had any interest in humanitarian acts outside of the people i meet face to face.

    Like the majority, i was awe-struck and motivated by that 30 minute video and instantly started backing IC by posting on Facebook, Reddit, talking to friends about it and even including the topics held in the video in my rap at a poetry nights open mic, i even devised a plan to print a few thousand A4 sheets of paper with a simple “Who’s Kony?” or “Child Abuse = Kony” and posting them up in the CBD on the 20th – but after only a couple of hours of research my initial support for IC has dropped.

    Is it safe to say the majority of first world will know who J. Kony is after the 20th? yes.
    Will people who never gave a damn, start to give one? yes.
    does it matter what starts a life time of awareness and positive movement? no.

    lots of people have been saying, “why hasn’t something been happening on this scale for this cause, or that cause” and “why is this only happening now?” well… bluntly put – nothing has been this captivating. Target the hipsters and gossipers, pull the strings of hearts with a proper gander and invigorate people who will defend a cause blindly and this is what happens. A drop of water has hit a colony of ants, they spread like wild fire. Posting facts, sharing truthful and well thought out opinions, guiding ignorance into co-ordinance will not bring these ants back into their habitual patterns but will shape them into an army.

    Regardless that IC is fraudulent they have started something that should not be underestimated. Not saying that J. Kony is the greatest reason for unity, nor is he the largest problem in the world, but he may just be what triggers a mass revolution of people verse crooked higher powers and the faster he is caught, the greater people will think they have an impact on the world, deluded or not, people will feel more empowered to act at the next rally, start their own support groups, sponsor a child .. etc. etc. etc.

    IC are the facilitators of a world wide revolt, you get that right? they are, perhaps, doing it for the wrong cause but if just for a moment you can see past the figure head, Kony, and look at the amount of Activism and Humanitarian focus that otherwise would of never happend, it makes the post by new internet kid and annoying Facebook girl a bit more tolerable.

    P.S

    Conspiracy Time. The government knows that if he is captured A.S.A.P – weather or not their motive was oil, power, democratic or what ever. people who supported will realize, deluded or not, that they can make a difference in numbers. Scary, Mr government, isn’t it.

    • Hi Chris,

      You touch on many good points, such as the video pulling on heart strings and that being the reason it has gone viral.

      I do not believe (although i wish i could) that people will shift their focus if he is caught, because they would need another heart touching film to get them going again or get them activated.

      The danger with supporting corruption to beat corruption is that either way you will end up with corruption and people need to be aware of who they can and cannot trust which is ultimately up to them.

      If people are so easily manipulated as to only get activated when they see a film, then why would the government think anything other than “these people can be made to think whatever we want”

      • Thanks for replying so fast and respectfully.

        The government already thinks “these people can be made to think what ever we want” – thats why we have a government in the first place.

        If fire is not used to beat fire, (i use the term fire, because implying IC is on the same level of corruption as the who they are fighting is simply stupid) then how do you suggest a change to anything happens in the world? it’s always been that way – one force will be taken over by a stronger force, and then that force, will be taken over by an even stronger force. We can’t hug a tyrant to our victory.

        That video was a half hour video, look how much publicity is has gotten – it was made by a small budget film crew, it just take originality and the right pitch – surly a major film making company can make something better, and why wouldn’t they – 2 weeks, how many views on this are there already – Universal makes “KONY 2012″ or you know, something along he lines of activism and world wide awareness.. they will make a fortune.

        • Hi Chris,

          We have a government to protect the rights of the people, not lie to them or manipulate them.

          I believe that ic funding an army which has been accused of raping and looting is corruption on the same level, but that’s my opinion. I suggest it is changed by helping and funding people who are not corrupted and want to help Africa, not oil companies.

          I agree that the film has done some good work but i simply want people to see the whole picture as you seem to and not fooled into thinking it can be trusted 100%.

          • i don’t see the whole picture because I’m still believing what you say. on a webpage. that claims to be the entire truth. yet all your posts are in a negative light. what..??

            IC is now funding them??? can you show me the direct valid link to back that statement please?

            i don’t think you got what i meant when i said what i said about the government, regardless if they are lying to us or manipulating us or fighting for our freedom or protecting our rights – they are in charge to control the masses, to decide what we think and to tell us how to accord to what they deem right. unfortunately – the ones in charge are selfish and greedy and the ones who would make the world right will never get their because the selfish and greed in this world outweighs the selflessness and generosity. and on a sub note – atheism is growing too strong.

          • Hi Chris,

            The link is in the post and read my other comment again, i said you do see the whole picture because you see the corruption in IC but also the need to do something.

            I agree they may be in charge and most people feel the same kind of helplessness but if you choose to be free then you will start to be free. You don’t need to take their order (civil disobedience, ghandi style), don’t listen to the mainstream media which lies or even exposes their corruption.

  8. I did like the Kony 2012 link on facebook but i have not dontated any money….yet. I have heard about these atrocities before I saw this video and no I haven’t done anything to support the cause before. It is my fault because I never did any sufficient research on whom and where I should donate monies to. Everyone has an emotional response to something and that is usually the main reason why they donate to a charity. They may wear a bracelet because they have had a family member with prostate cancer so the donate to Livestrong and recieve a yellow bracelet. I don’t see the issue in that. Livestrong does this and has a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator. The invisible children have created a platform to raise awareness about a casue that they are interested in and they did an amazing job at it. Like most charities they are focused on one goal….i don’t blame them for this.

    • Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for your comments, i guess i differ from your opinion because i think their goal is protecting oil however i accept they are raised an important issues. Now what do people plan on doing about all the other corruption in Africa?

  9. I just wanted to give my little say in this topic. I think that the reason they are helping the military there is because they are the ones who have to arrest him. They also on their blog have a down break of what money was spent and how. They have all of their financial records up for those to read it. The 32% is in my opinion a wrong percentage based on the records I read online. Just sayin.

    • Hi Sabrina,

      I do link to their financial records which do show 32% was all they spent. IC do not have to fund any army for any reason especially when they themselves have been accused of being corrupt. But more importantly do you honestly think that this video has gone viral because of any other reason the the oil which has been found.

      The more people like yourself continue to spend time on this the more i am proved right. Since the video came out, what other corruptions have you found out about, how much research have you done into other corrupt leaders in Africa doing the same thing.

      You see if Kony is caught most people will go back to normal life and forget all about it. You are not basing your opinion on facts but on emotion from a 30 min film.

      I do not mean to in anyway sound harsh but i just want people to look at the bigger picture. Why does it matter about IC, i am offering another perspective on them with evidence to back it up but if you care about the children then forget IC, fund lots of projects, hell start your own.

  10. I’m kind of surprised your blog hasn’t been hit by a wave of people who hate you because you aren’t falling in line like everyone else.

    I wasn’t aware of anything in the video when I watched it and it did indeed make me genuinely feel bad for the children of Uganda, but I wasn’t planning on giving any money to IC. Seemed to me with all of their fancy edits and camerawork, something amateur film crews only dream about, that they already had plenty of funding. Then I saw all sorts of posts in the comments about how the charity is a scam and the video is propaganda, which eventually led me here after a quick internet search.

    Now, I must say, I honestly don’t think IC is doing this because of oil (I also read your part 2). They may have gained support from the US government because of oil in the region, but the IC was active a couple of years before oil was discovered or at least publicly announced it was discovered in 2006.

    I, very much like yourself, hope the 30 minute movie will make people aware of world affairs at large. Whether or not they choose to support IC in doing so is up to them. However, when I looked at the stats for the video on youtube, the main demographics watching were males aged 13-17 and females aged 13-17. That probably explains the vast majority of irrational and blind support for this single movement. I even saw a few comments, assumingly from the 13-17 crowd, call for “DOWN WITH JOHN KONY”. They don’t even know the guy’s actual name, they are just getting behind a banner. Others who support the movement are parents with young children and I can understand why they would want to stand up against someone like Joseph Kony.

    All in all, I hope more people see your blog so that they may hear more than just one side of the story. But if some of them can’t even correctly name the guy whose head they are calling for, I don’t think they’ll look too much further than the links provided to them by other confused individuals on facebook.

    • Hi John,

      To be honest i kind of expected more of a backlash but surprisingly more people are awake than i thought. I am not saying they started out doing it for oil but something has certainly got this video going viral and i would suggest that it was oil.

      If it is kids that are giving it all the hype then i am still disappointed, but less so because they are young and hopefully will learn.

      Thank you for kind comments and thank you for getting what the post was about.

  11. While I don’t plan on donating money, I do support the cause. Africa is a poor continent & is infested with corruption & murder. Something should be done. No, we may not be able to solve all of Africa’s problems, but we can at least solve some of them. It may just take one country at a time. Most people have forgotten about the atrocities in Sierra Leone & Rwanda in the 90s. Millions died & the world turned its back. Its still happening & something should be done. The best way to notify people would be through a video. Just be educated before making a decision.

    • Hi Alexis,

      I love your possitive attitude but how can we fix the problems when we refuse to see what they are. In the west we have made trillions from the corruption around the world and continue to do so. I know your think, “i haven’t made that money” but your government and corporations have.

      The diamond industry is a classic example and in Asia with sweat shops. Nations have been bankrupted by corrupt individuals and the IMF just so corporations could get a cheap workforce – check out John Pilgers New Rulers Of The World – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7932485454526581006

      If you are serious about wanting to change more than just Africa then take a look at the video above and let me know what you think.

      When you can see who are really corrupt and who really make money from these corruptions then you will see that kony is like a grain of sand in the desert

      • Yes , I am aware of the involvement of western civilization with the atrocities in Africa & other third world countries. I find it a disgrace that our govt. knows about such events but do NOTHING to stop them until we are affected in some way. This is happening with every major country in the world. We should stand up & let our govts. know we will not allow innocent lives be taken over monetary gains.

  12. Hi Truther

    First, I just want to say thank you for posting this. I first was shown the video “Kony 2012″ by my sister and I did have an emotional response just like the rest of the world, but just like I have to any other news about war and atrocities that they constantly show on the news. So instead of instantly joining in line and blindly support the IC like the rest of the world, I (during one of my lessons in school) did some research into this matter and after a while I came across your post here that had all the answer that I was looking and confirmed my suspicion.

    To put it bluntly I agree with you to about 100% on all of the matters that you brought up. I believe that this whole thing may even have been just a scam or at least an experiment to bring in some money for the IC which they can use anyway they like. Because if you are an organisation that is dedicated to helping people and all of that…then you would give more then just 32% of the profit, hell about at minimum 80% should go to the cause. Because if they say they are using some of the money to pay for people that work for them, then that is just wrong. You shouldn’t be in an organisation that is dedicated to helping the world and do it for the money. I’ve myself helped out in some organisation like Lions and the Red Cross, but I didn’t do it for the money…that isn’t the purpose…
    Lions them self (from what I have researched) uses 100% of their profits on helping the world, which includes both the country they are in the other countries such as Uganda and other plagued countries. Everyone is a volunteer that doesn’t want money for their work.
    So in my opinion they are the best ones…also considering the fact that they spend no money at all on advertisement. Not a single cent is wasted on that, it is given to the cause instead. This is very noble and quite brilliant by them, especially if you compare it to other organisation that waste a lot of money on advertisement. Red Cross is one of those kinds of organisations.

    I have a strong mistrust of the USA and with good reasons, which their are plenty of but that is how I feel and there for I would not myself be surprised if anything that has been said before about Obama wanting to go in and take the oil and start another war just like they did in Iraq. They could even have founded this video just to get support for an invasion, because as said…it didn’t look like a video made on a shoe string budget at all. Looked a lot more founded they claimed it to be.
    So I am waiting with eagerness to see what USA:s next move will be, because EVERYONE knows that they want that oil…

    It is also as you say, he may be a very horrible man who has done some horrible things…but he is defiantly not the only one. So why would they make such a big deal out of him? Does anyone here even know what Uganda’s own military has done? That they them self have raped and pillaged all across the land? Look it up…it’s true. And does anyone else know what other leaders of the other countries in Africa are doing right now? No no one even knows their names…and no one will now since they have put the spotlight on Joseph Kony. Some are even saying that he is worse then Hitler…but those people clearly don’t know their history because Hitler is responsible for the deaths of over 60 million men and women (and even children). So they can’t compare those two…and those who do are acting completely on emotions that got from the video and are basically brainwashed. They need to do what I did, and research into the matter instead of just blindly falling in line.

    I came across this video when I was looking true the comments on “Kony 2012″ and I think that you might want to see it. It is supposable an interview with Joseph Kony.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded%C2%AD&v=UewyVJTu5rU

    I do myself believe that what he says is complete crap but really…how can you know? All of the atrocities that have been committed? Could it all just be propaganda? And could the real bad guy be the so called “president” of Uganda? Tells you that you can’t see the world in black and white. It is a lot more complicated then that. I just thought that you might want to see it. Also read some of the comments on it, they are quite smart. Because how can a reporter find him, and not the world? Something is wrong there…

    But I need to stop talking now, because I love discussion thing like this because their are so few intelligent people around for me to talk to so when I finally get the chance to talk to some one with the IQ higher then a door nob I take my chance. I then I can’t stop either which is a real problem :)

    So I will stop now myself now from typing any more. So cheers for reading all of this and thanks yet again for posting this. People need to know this and learn not to trust everything they hear from the media because most of it is propaganda bullshit(pardon my harsh language but this just pisses me off). But then again that is just me…

    I salute your genius mate. Keep this up! Don’t stop posting the truth.

    Dear regards
    Hampus Tuhkasaari

    • Hi Hempus,

      I know the feeling of not being able to stop, that’s why i have this website lol maybe something you should look at.

      You are obviously very smart because you have taken the time to question everything and trust nothing until it’s proven.

      Your raise excellent points about crime committed in the rest of Africa and America, most people don’t know about Hollie Greig in Scotland or the NDAA in America which lets the government kill it’s own citizens.

      You are 100% correct about everything you say and sum up the blog perfectly

      Thank you

  13. I was excited to read this article because I, too, have felt differently about the whole STOP KONY thing– but after reading this and everyone’s comments and your replies to them, I actually feel like I want to support this “cause” now. Maybe it’s the way you did not back up your comments and facts. It all sounds so naive and half-assed, like you’re not sure about what you’re talking about.

  14. You spelled kony’s wrong. You put the apostrophe before the S if you’re trying to make he word shorter for a example:
    Kony’s a man.
    Without he apostrophe it would be:
    Kony is a man.
    Just saying.
    Btw I am in 7th grade and I know my grammar better than you. I bet you’re some weirdo man.

  15. The ulterior motive is money. The Invisible Children was founded by members of a popular San Diego church, who follow the mainstream, “post-modern” Christian doctrine. The problem is that, by my own personal estimation, most of the modern Christian church movement has been co-opted by either central banks or federal governments to create a docile, submissive congregation based on a misinterpretation of Romans 13. And the funding of these movements comes through emotional/psychological manipulation, usually through the medium of music.

    Charity, no matter how philanthropic, is still big business and I don’t think there is a moral/ethical defined percentage of how much money should be given to the charitable action. That, I suppose, are the pros and cons of a capitalist system.

    With that said, what irritates me most is that this is yet again another charity where the “virtuous white man” from America saves the day.

    Unfortunately, what is not discussed in today’s church sermons is that America is neither in a moral nor financial position to be “charitable.” Our national debt has ballooned out of control, the artificial credit-based economy has tanked, we have engaged in endless wars without congressional approval (against the U.S. Constitution), and we simply do not have the moral credibility we once valued as a nation.

    Once America stops the oil- and drug- based “war on terror” and immediately retract the military occupation of Italy, Germany, Japan, etc, then we can talk about stopping Kony’s war.

    Perhaps what may be most damning is that this “video” has been “allowed” to go viral to millions across the world as a distraction from our own atrocities that we commit on a daily basis.

  16. first of all this and old problem and ofcourse political and economical resasons are behind it.
    i think by posting the earning and spendings is a good thing to show what and how they are doing it, like many postings i agree there is a cost to help, someone do it with money some others with their time; when it comes to donate i always have my second thoughts because with all the scams we are use to see and go through, here we see some money is being use to help and i feel is a good thing.
    i wish we can all do more for others, not only africa there many people in many countries in need.
    so where is kony?

    • Hi Toia,

      Things do cost but all honest movements would charge people for making something and no more, others will ask for donations to help spread their message but in IC’s case they say it is for the children in Africa but they only give 32% to them.

      If they wanted your money to help the children and spread their message then why are they paying themselves so much money (90k per year) as just one example for them putting themselves first.

  17. Thank you for reading this and doing further research about Invisible Children (IC) and KONY 2012. In response to this explosion of interest about the KONY 2012 film, there have been hundreds of thousands of comments in support of the arrest of Joseph Kony and the work of Invisible Children. However, there have also been pieces written that are putting out false or misleading information about these efforts.
    This statement is our official response to some of these articles and is a source for accurate information about Invisible Children’s mission, financials and approach to stopping LRA violence.
    Invisible Children’s mission is to stop LRA violence and support the war-affected communities in East and Central Africa. These are the three ways we achieve this mission; each is essential:
    1) Make the world aware of the LRA. This includes making documentary films and touring them around the world so that they are seen for free by millions of people.
    2) Channel energy from viewers of IC films into large-scale advocacy campaigns to stop the LRA and protect civilians.
    3) Operate programs on the ground in LRA-affected areas that provide protection, rehabilitation and development assistance.
    As you will see, we spend roughly one third of our money on each of these three goals. This three-prong approach is what makes Invisible Children unique. Some organizations focus exclusively on documenting human rights abuses, some focus exclusively on international advocacy or awareness, and some focus exclusively on on-the-ground development. We do all three. At the same time. This comprehensive model is intentional and has proven to be very effective.
    We are committed, and always have been, to be 100% financially transparent and to communicate in plain language the mission of the organization so that everyone can make an informed decision about whether they want to support our strategy.
    RE: FINANCIALS
    Invisible Children’s financial statements are online for everyone to see. Financial statements from the last 5 years, including our 990, are available at http://www.invisiblechildren.com/financials. The organization spent 80.46% on our programs that further our three-fold mission; 16.24% on administration and management costs; and 3.22% on direct fundraising in Fiscal Year 2011. Invisible Children is independently audited every year and in full compliance with our 501(c)3 nonprofit status.
    Below is a screen-shot from pages 35 and 36 of the 2011 Invisible Children annual report that detail our total expenses for Fiscal Year 2011. An expense statement by class is the way nonprofits present their expenses to the public because it’s the clearest way to show the purpose of different organizational expenses vs. a line item expense statement such as the one on page 6 of our Audited Financial Report.

    RE: CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATING
    Charity Navigator gives Invisible Children 3 out of 4 stars. It’s gives our Programs its highest rating of 4 stars. Our Accountability and Transparency score is currently at 2 stars due to the fact that Invisible Children does not have 5 independent voting members on our board of directors–we currently have 4. We are in the process of interviewing potential board members, and we will add an additional independent member this year in order to regain our 4-star rating by 2013. We have been independently audited by Considine and Considine since Fiscal Year 2006, and all of our audits have resulted in unqualified opinions on the audit reports. An unqualified opinion means that the auditors believe the financial statements are free of material misstatement and are in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles of the United States.
    RE: BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB)
    Participation in BBB’s program is voluntary– we are choosing to wait until we have expanded our Board of Directors, as some questions hinge on the size of our Board. The current Board is small in size and reflects Invisible Children’s grassroots foundation. We have now reached a juncture of success that has astonished even our greatest supporters. While it is important to retain a presence on the Board that reflects Invisible Children’s early beginnings, we are also working to expand the Board this year.
    RE: LOBBYING EFFORTS
    Part of Invisible Children’s mission is advocacy, and we lobby within our 501(c)3 status. We have lobbied Congress on multiple occasions, but especially in 2009 and 2010 which led to the passage of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. We lobby all members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation. We do not endorse a political party.
    Federal laws exist to encourage charities to lobby within certain specified limits and Invisible Children has been careful to stay within these legal limits. Each year, as part of our Form 990, we submit an additional schedule that provides the financial details surrounding Invisible Children’s involvement in lobbying. We have also elected 501(h) status–part of which is a commitment to continue to voluntarily report our lobbying expenditures to the IRS. The Invisible Children Form 990 and audited financials for the past several years can be found on our website at: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/financials.
    THE BEST RESEARCHED PAPER SUPPORTING THE POLICY POSITION OF THE KONY 2012 CAMPAIGN CAN BE FOUND HERE, DRAFTED BY PAUL RONAN OF RESOLVE:
    http://www.theresolve.org/peace-can-be–3
    But here are a few quick responses to some of the most common questions we’re seeing online:
    RE: THE STRATEGY TO SECURE KONY ARREST
    For more than two decades, Kony has refused opportunities to negotiate an end to the violence peacefully, and has used peace talks to build up his army’s strength through targeted abduction campaigns. Governments of countries where Kony has operated — including Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic — have been unable to capture Kony or bring him to justice. This is because regional governments are often not adequately committed to the task, but also because they lack some of the specific capabilities that would help them do so. The KONY 2012 campaign is calling for U.S. leadership to address both problems. It supports the deployment of U.S. advisers and the provision of intelligence and other support that can help locate and bring Kony to justice, but also increased diplomacy to hold regional governments accountable to their basic responsibilities to protect civilians from this kind of brutal violence. Importantly, the campaign also advocates for broader measures to help communities being affected by LRA attacks, such as increased funding for programs to help Kony’s abductees escape and return to their homes and families. For a clear understanding of the KONY 2012 political goals, please see the letter to President Obama.
    RE: UGANDAN GOVERNMENT HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
    We do not defend any of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Ugandan government or the Ugandan army (UPDF). None of the money donated through Invisible Children ever goes to the government of Uganda or any other government. Yet the only feasible and proper way to stop Kony and protect the civilians he targets is to coordinate efforts with regional governments.
    RE: STOPPING KONY
    We are advocating for the arrest of Joseph Kony so that he can be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a precedent for future war criminals. The goal of KONY 2012 is for the world to unite to see Kony arrested and prosecuted for his crimes against humanity.
    RE: OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF A COMPLEX ISSUE
    KONY 2012 portrays, in no uncertain terms, the image of a madman who manipulates children spiritually for his own tactical gains. In our quest to garner wide public support of nuanced policy, Invisible Children has sought to explain the conflict in an easily understandable format, focusing on the core attributes of LRA leadership that infringe upon the most basic of human rights. In a 30-minute film, however, many nuances of the 26-year conflict are admittedly lost or overlooked. The film is a first entry point to this conflict for many, and the organization provides several ways for our supporters to go deeper in learning about the make-up of the LRA and the history of the conflict. Likewise, our work on the ground continually adapts to the changing complexities of the conflict.
    RE: EXAGGERATING THE IMPACT OF THE LRA AND IMPLYING THE WAR IS IN UGANDA
    Since the LRA left Uganda in 2006, Invisible Children has been publicly denouncing their atrocities in DR Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR), while continuing to work with now-peaceful communities in post-conflict northern Uganda. In September 2011, Invisible Children launched the LRA Crisis Tracker website with the aim of providing high-quality, verified information about LRA attacks in DR Congo, South Sudan, and CAR. A detailed methodology is available on this website that explains how information is collected, verified, and rated in terms of its accuracy and reliability. Every incident that is reported through the Early Warning Radio Network run by Invisible Children’s partner organizations is carefully verified with other actors in DR Congo and CAR before being published to the LRA Crisis Tracker; even after publishing, incidents on the website continue to be modified as–and when–further information becomes available. Each incident is rated according to two criteria, on a scale of 1 to 5: whether an incident has actually occurred, and whether it was committed by the LRA. In this way, Invisible Children is providing concrete data and helping to dispel unfounded rumours about LRA attacks.
    RE: PERPETUATING THE ‘WHITE MAN’S BURDEN’ AND THE SAVIOR COMPLEX
    Invisible Children’s programs in Uganda, DR Congo, and Central African Republic are implemented with continuous input from, and in respect of the knowledge and experience of, local communities and their leaders. In Uganda, we learned very quickly that a top-down, Western approach was not the answer, and that local solutions were needed to fill critical humanitarian gaps. It is for this reason that over 95% of IC’s leadership and staff on the ground are Ugandans on the forefront of program design and implementation. In DR Congo, Invisible Children works with the Commission diocesaine justice et paix (CDJP), supporting projects that have been identified as priorities by local partners and that are responsive to local realities and needs. Invisible Children staff members in project areas consistently strive to ensure that they build the capacity of local partners and do not take on duties where local partners can more responsibly and effectively carry these out; the organization meticulously monitors and evaluates the impact of its work on the ground, partnering with Princeton in Africa and employing qualified Monitoring & Evaluation professionals.
    RE: THE PHOTO OF THE FOUNDERS WITH THE GUNS (SEE BANNER IMAGE)
    A story told by Jason Russell: Let me start by saying that that photo was a bad idea. We were young and we got caught up in the moment. It was never meant to reflect on the organization. The photo of Bobby, Laren and I with the guns was taken in an LRA camp in DRC during the 2008 Juba Peace Talks. We were there to see Joseph Kony come to the table to sign the Final Peace Agreement. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was surrounding our camp for protection since Sudan was mediating the peace talks. We wanted to talk to them and film them and get their perspective. And because Bobby, Laren and I are friends and had been doing this for 5 years, we thought it would be funny to bring back to our friends and family a joke photo. You know, “Haha – they have bazookas in their hands but they’re actually fighting for peace.” The ironic thing about this photo is that I HATE guns. I always have. Back in 2008 I wanted this war to end, like we all did, peacefully, through peace talks. But Kony was not interested in that; he kept killing. And we still don’t want war. We don’t want him killed and we don’t want bombs dropped. We want him alive and captured and brought to justice
    RE: PROGRAMS ON THE GROUND
    While the vast majority of the recent exposure and commentary about Invisible Children has been towards the awareness portion of our mission, below is an up-to-date explanation of our work in Central Africa, an equally important element to the mission of Invisible Children.
    INVISIBLE CHILDREN’S PROGRAM IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND SOUTH SUDAN:

    Invisible Children is committed to supporting communities affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army by empowering local leaders to implement programs that have a lasting impact. Our work in Uganda is focused on assisting in the recovery of northern Uganda after being decimated by two decades of conflict, while in DR Congo and the Central African Republic we are working with local partners to protect communities, encourage peaceful LRA surrenders and support the victims of the conflict.
    HF EARLY WARNING RADIO NETWORK:
    To address the lack of information from the most vulnerable and remote communities, Invisible Children partnered with Commission Diocesaine Justice et Paix (CDJP), led by Abbe Benoit and internationally recognized Congolese human rights advocate for LRA issues, to expand an Early Warning Radio Network connecting communities to one another through twice-daily security and humanitarian reporting. This network utilizes high frequency radios to allow for advanced warning of LRA activity. It also provides the humanitarians that are delivering life-saving services and the groups involved in civilian protection with real-time information. Communities participating in the project were selected due to their susceptibility to LRA attack and their lack of the communication infrastructure necessary to report and receive security information. A Local Protection Committee is established in each community to gather and disseminate information, provide regular maintenance to the equipment, and to ensure that trained operators in each community are carrying out the daily reporting
    This project connects communities with local and international humanitarian groups, ultimately allowing for heightened humanitarian response while limiting the LRA’s ability to attack without warning. Through Invisible Children’s support, there are now 27 communities linked into the HF Early Warning Network in Haut and Bas Uele.
    FM Radio: FM radio is one of the few ways to directly reach LRA combatants across central Africa with messaging encouraging them–many of whom are unwilling combatants–to escape. Invisible Children partnered with UN DDR/RR and Interactive Radio for Justice (IRfJ) to increase the capacity of Radio Zereda, a community-run FM radio in Obo, Central African Republic, from 1km to an over 30-km radius. Through locally-produced radio programming, members the victims’ association in Obo and cultural leaders from LRA-affected regions share insight and sensitize local populations to the LRA’s activities. In conjunction with sensitization, programming directly targeting nearby LRA groups and is broadcast in both the local Pazande and Acholi languages to encourage and give instructions for peaceful surrender.
    In 2011, Invisible Children also provided support to repair Radio Rhinoceros in Faradje, DR Congo, and provided monetary support for a DDR/RR mobile FM unit deployed on rotation in Haut Uele. Additional community-FM projects in Haut Uele and in the highly remote and vulnerable district of Bas Uele are being identified and assessed for support during the 2012 calendar year.
    LRA Crisis Tracker: The LRA Crisis Tracker is a real-time mapping platform and data collection system created to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Using information sourced from Invisible Children’s Early Warning Radio Network, UN agencies, and local NGOs, this tool allows for better response from governments, policymakers, and humanitarian organizations. This joint project, developed by Invisible Children and Resolve, marks the first time data surrounding the crisis has been comprehensively aggregated and made publicly available.
    REHABILITATION CENTER:
    As abductions continue throughout Central Africa, Invisible Children is partnering with renowned LRA-trauma specialist, Els de Temmerman, and the leadership of CDJP-Dungu, to establish the first trauma-focused rehabilitation program in the LRA-affected regions of northeastern Congo. Invisible Children, using its construction expertise from our education programs in Uganda, built the center with local labor and largely local materials. The center, located in Dungu, is locally managed and provides one-on-one counseling, utilizing a variety of therapy approaches adapted to each youth, including UNICEF-approved Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). The center provides vocational and life skills training, school catch-up programs, and reunification services. Upon completion of the second phase of construction, the center will have capacity for up to 250 children and youth to reside at the center where they will receive holistic counseling services, which are also available for less-severe outpatient cases. Currently, a limited number of severely traumatized children are receiving treatment while the center builds staff capacity and develops systems. Full capacity is targeted for Fall 2012. Program management will continue to coordinate with both local and international NGOs and UN agencies to ensure that the center’s activities are utilized by, and fit within, the regional psychosocial and protection strategies.
    INVISIBLE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS IN UGANDA:
    Promoting peace and prosperity through Education and Livelihood initiatives
    LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (LSP):
    The scholarship provides fully paid, merit-based scholarships and mentoring from local full-time Invisible Children Mentors. Students are selected based on academic potential and need.
    Stats as of December 2011:
    University students: 250
    Secondary students: 590 (currently recruiting additional students)
    SCHOOLS FOR SCHOOLS (S4S):
    This program partners with 11 secondary schools and their surrounding communities in northern Uganda, working on projects that both build and renovate structures, while also investing in teachers and curriculum. The program also facilitates a yearly Teacher Exchange Program benefiting both Ugandan and international educators.
    Stats as of December 2011:
    Partner schools: 11
    Students attending partner schools: 9,048
    LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM:
    The Livelihood Program takes a holistic approach to providing sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions for war-affected northern Ugandans. It impacts rural communities using a three-pronged approach: over 1,250 community members are saving and loaning together, participating in our Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) program; 5,000 community members are benefiting from clean water and health and sanitation initiatives through the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program; and over 1,000 people are receiving training on numeracy, reading, and writing in their local language as a part of our Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) program.
    Stats as of December 2011:
    WASH: over 5,000 (20 communities with an average of 250 community members)
    VSLA: 1,250 community members (50 groups of 25-30 members each)
    FAL: 1,000 community members (50 groups of 20-25 members each)
    THESE ARE THE STATS USED BY THE KONY 2012 FILM AND CAMPAIGN:
    30,000+ children abducted in Uganda by the LRA
    Source (2007): http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/3_1_1_-_Issues_-_Children/Child_soldiers_Uganda.pdf
    66,000 youth (interviewed when 14-30 years old) abducted by the LRA
    Source (2006): http://chrisblattman.com/documents/policy/sway/SWAY.Phase1.FinalReport.pdf?9d7bd4
    2.1 million people displaced in Uganda
    Source (2010): http://ochaonline.un.org/ocha2010/uganda.html
    440,000 people displaced in DRC, CAR, and South Sudan:
    Source (2011): http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/map_1044.pdf
    RE: ON A PERSONAL NOTE.

    We’ve done our utmost to be as inclusive, transparent, and factual as possible. We built this organization with “seeing is believing” in mind, and that’s what why we are a media-based organization. We WANT you to see everything we are doing, because we are proud of it. Though we would no longer consider ourselves naive, we have always sought counsel from those who know much more. We have never claimed a desire to “save Africa,” but, instead, an intent to inspire Western youth to “do more than just watch.” And in Central Africa, focus on locally-led long-term development programs that enable children to take responsibility for their own futures and the futures of their countries. Our programs are carefully researched and developed initiatives by incredible members of the local community that address the need for quality education, mentorship, the redevelopment of schools, resettlement from IDP camps, and rehabilitation from war. If you know anyone who has been there to see it first hand, there is no doubt they will concur. Also, we have invited you to join us on http://www.LRACrisisTracker.com, which we established as a way to bring you near real-time reports from the ground, making available to the public the same information received by humanitarians working on the ground.
    But, credibility in the eyes of policymakers, fellow non-profit workers, LRA-affected communities, and YOU is our most important asset, so we would like to encourage you, if you have critiques, to get specific: find facts, dig deeper, and we’ll gladly continue the conversation from there. If encountering something you disagree with, suggest an alternative to what we are doing- and we will absolutely take heed. If it’s a matter of opinion, taste, humor, or style: we apologize, and will have to agree to disagree. As the poet Ke$ha says, “we are who we are.”
    Let’s focus on what matters, and what we DO agree on: Joseph Kony needs to be stopped. And when that happens, peace is the limit. This is the beautiful beginning of an ending that is just the beginning. We are defending tomorrow. And it’s hopeful.

    • Hi Lee,

      Well i think you have clearly missed my post which dealt with invisible children’s response.

      May i suggest you read that and start thinking for yourself because if you truly cared about the Ugandan people then maybe you would have heard that the Ugandan people do not support Kony 2012 or Invisible Children.

      Even people in Uganda, who don’t have the internet or a tv can see that it is about making money and propaganda, but you can’t.

      The fact that you are only able to post the words of Invisible Children only goes to show just how little you can think for yourself and how easily manipulated you truly are. Unlike yourself i read the statement from them and considered all sides of the argument, this is something you may want to try.

      Now please go and learn to think for yourself and don’t waste my time posting something i have already read!

  18. like any organization things come at cost u have to spend money to help spread awarness . I have been doing research in this topic i do suppourt along with many other organizations in my own country and international organizations . In any organization there will be certain things that money will be spent on that other people may not agree on or have the entire facts, but you know what nothing is free everything comes at a cost.
    Yes maybe the foundation may have exaggerated on how many abductions/rapes/murders there have been but that is what orginsations do its to draw your attention they are not the only ones who do it many others do to i am not saying it is right but it got ur attention did it not?
    the story of it is u can either ignore it or u can choose to support it.
    Do your own research look at thr figures it is public but be aware that every charity have to spent a certain percentage of their donations on admin cost advertising etc.

    • Hi Audrey,

      Most readers of this blog didn’t need Kony 2012 to know about the corruption in Africa and most know what really caused it.

      I don’t think how they are financed is the most important aspect of IC but instead who they work with,the lies they have told and the reason knoy 2012 went viral.

      If you feel happy to support an organisation who works with an army which also has child soldiers then please continue.

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