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Youths NGO Starts Public Screening of Anti LRA Video

African Youth Initiative Network -AYINET, a nonprofit organization has started staging various shows to screen a controversial film about the LRA war in Northern Uganda.
African Youth Initiative Network -AYINET, a nonprofit organization has started staging various shows to screen a controversial film about the LRA war in Northern Uganda.  The film titled “Kony 2012” that has gone viral on the internet was produced by Invisible Children, a US Charity Organization.

Through the video Josen Russell, the mastermind of the video says that he wants to popularize Joseph Kony, the Lord’s Resistance Army Rebel commander to compel the world to take action against him. Rusell says that he wants indicted war criminals like Kony to enjoy the same level of celebrity like him.

 Now, AYINET, a nonprofit organization has released a program to screen the video in various parts of northern Uganda starting this week. Victor Ochen, Executive Director AYINET says that they want to screen the video to enable the war victims in Northern Uganda, most of whom don’t have access to internet and television, to remind themselves on the past atrocities as well as appreciate efforts aimed at addressing their plight.

 

In a statement issued on Monday this week, Ochen said that the video will be taken to remote villages in various parts of Northern Uganda.  He says that they hope that the victims will be able to take comfort in the outpouring of sympathy which could lead to increased support they have patiently waited for.

 

Government officials in Northern Uganda have not yet commented on the planned screening of the Kony video.  But in a statement carried recently in the state owned New Vision, government welcomed the campaign against LRA but warned against exaggerating the LRA threat.  The film has been viewed more than 70 million times on YouTube. However, the film's producers have been criticized for distorting and oversimplifying facts.

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