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Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Kony 2012" incriminates war criminal

More than 75 million people have already viewed the Internet video Kony 2012 about the presumed Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony. The eponymous campaign by the US organisation Invisible Children is seeking Kony's arrest. While criticism of the video and campaign are justified, they are to be applauded if they can lead to Kony's prosecution, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: "The low participation of Ugandans, the masses of money that went into production and sales as well as the lack of a balanced view are all sources of annoyance. ... But the biggest problem is that simply watching the film and expressing one's outrage achieves nothing. And cynicism doesn't help either. However if public pressure does help bring Kony before the International Criminal Court we will be the first to praise the campaign. And if the viewers can see to it that local organisations are provided with funds for promoting peace and reintegrating the fighters, much will have been achieved. Hopefully the debate about the film will also bring people to understand that stamina is needed to resolve such conflicts."

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