Peace song from Northern Uganda.
“The Moon is Bright” - Chinese Young Stars, part of The Acholi Music Project.
*Click on the link, then press play on the page to listen to this beautiful, hopeful, & peaceful song. (There are also downloadable lyrics).
“Brother come home.
The moon is bright…
Kony come back home.
It is time to work for forgiveness,
the time is now.”
Then from the rubbish (Kony2012) and pressure (Kony2012 debate) and out of the ground comes a truly special & beautiful gem (Uganda2012).
#Uganda2012 is an online social media project founded by a group of Ugandans to recapture the narrative about Joseph Kony and Northern Uganda from Invisible Children and its #KONY2012.
Most Ugandans were shocked to witness a video that moved to “Make Kony Famous” and mischaracterized the war in Northern Uganda (the war ended in 2006). Many of you have read about the criticisms and the subsequent responses from Invisible Children.
Now it is time for Ugandans to tell you the real story!
#Uganda2012 will fund a small, motivated group of Ugandan media makers to tell their own stories.
The first part of the project will be a film called #Uganda2012. The film will harness the creative energies of Ugandan filmmakers, photographers, activists, writers, poets and artists to tell the REAL story of Joseph Kony’s tragic legacy in Northern Uganda and document the the work of many amazing Ugandans who have worked tirelessly to rebuild the region. The film will be released on April 18, two days before the #KONY2012 “Cover the Night” action.
The second part of the project will be a website that will publish stories of Ugandans who are working for positive social change in their own country.
Any additional funds will go to sponsor other Ugandans who would like to tell their own story using their media of choice.
If you help fund this project we will not send you a t-shirt. We will not send you a bracelet. We will not ask you to vandalize your city with the face of a mass murderer.
What we can promise you is that we will tell you the real story of Kony and the child soldiers. Plus we guarantee that 100 percent of the money pledged will go to Ugandans on the ground.
Help Ugandans bring their narrative back home where it belongs.
Tweet, post and share this project with the world.
Uganda Speaks Out!
Al Jazeera’s awesome new project that allows Ugandans to text in their opinions of KONY2012. You can click on the red glowing circles to see the responses from Ugandans themselves.
“What we indirectly get from this video is that Ugandans fit the one dimensional ‘African ’stereotype of poor, Helpless and dependent. It does not tell the entire story of what the people who are affected by this war went through. It does not look at the families affected by this war or what the mothers to these children have to say. It ignores the effort put in my Governments and individuals over the years to bring peace in that region. Then it emphasises an American solution in America being used to try and solve an African conflict in Africa without involving the people directly affected.” -Maureen Agena
“Some have castigated this criticism, stating that the IC’s primary objective was to make Kony famous and the rest is irrelevant. But the problem with attempting to initiate a global conversation based on inaccuracies is that you will likely spark the wrong conversation…Another issue a lot of Ugandans took with the film was that it suggested that whilst Kony is a Ugandan problem- America is the answer. This is absurd.”- K.K Mbabazi
“Celebrities and famous faces who might not even know where #Uganda is located are not the solution to our Country’s problems #Ugandaspeaks.”
“I am a visible child from Northern Uganda. Who are the “Invisible Children”?”
“As a Ugandan who until recently lived in Uganda I am appalled at Kony2012 video and hw it blatantly tries to manipulate pipo into caring by telling half truths. But more I wonder why now, why this sudden need to pay attention to a cause that has been largely ignored for decades?! Maybe the recently discovered oil perhaps or Invisible Children desperately trying to remain relevant? But this for me is a wake up call to Ugandans and Africans as a whole, a cautionary tale that if we don’t tell our story. Give a voice to our lives on this continent that others will and many times get it wrong because if either hidden agenda or blatant ignorance…”
“A total sham! Another government venture to scheme money in collaboration with invisible children. If Kony had been a real threat then government would have stamped him out like it does with the opposition.” - Rachel Nalubega
“Americans should back off our country and find elsewere were to put their brain games.When Uganda needed their hands,they showed us their backs and folded their hands and now 8 years after the end of the war and we are trying to heal and reconcile,they are scratching our healing wounds again and acting the savior in a crisis!!!NO NO NO,we are learned 21st centuary youths that will stand for our country and this documentary is all about OIL and the Americans are looking for how to penetrate our country and take over our wells.SINCE WHEN DID SOLJA BOY START MAKING CHARITY MUSIC????”
“How come the world now knows more about #Kony2012 than about the NODDING SYNDROME in Northern Uganda? #ugandaspeaks”
“Who ever is creating the hysteria dat Ugandan children are in danger of #Kony2012,they are telling lies, they are the dangers #UgandaSpeaks”