The CRS Take on Kony 2012

Many in the United States are learning about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army through an internet video that has attracted tens of millions of views. Catholic Relief Services has been working for years to help the victims of Kony and the LRA.

CRS officially opened an office in Uganda’s capital Kampala, Uganda, in 1996 to help those displaced by LRA actions. Working with the Church, CRS began providing assistance to children known as the Night Commuters. These youngsters would walk from their rural villages every evening, seeking safety in larger towns in northern Uganda where they would often shelter at Churches in order to escape the threat of abduction by the LRA.

Read the full article at CRS’ Newswire.

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2 Responses to “The CRS Take on Kony 2012”

  1. Bill Scholl Says:

    So it sounds like while Kony 2012 is a good film, the solution it proposes is not viable because Kony has left Uganda. I am curious, is this film something we should be promoting or discouraging?

  2. John Lindner Says:

    Hi Bill. We appreciate your comment. What we are trying to communicate is that for CRS, responding to the suffering caused by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army is nothing new. We were in Uganda before he became active, we were there during the worst of times in Gulu and we are still there helping the people of Uganda to heal from the trauma and improve their lives. As many commentators have noted, Kony is not in Uganda and has not been there since 2006. But there are still many needs in the communities around Gulu, which is why CRS still has a presence there. I don’t think we want to get into the debate on the merits of Kony 2012. But we believe that to the extent that it’s called attention to problems in a part of the world we don’t often hear about in the U.S. media, it’s a good thing.

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