Sac State Students Watch Screening Of Uganda War Documentary

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Financial scrutiny has now become part of the storyline surrounding the documentary video production KONY 2012.

The 29-minute video about the plight of children under warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda has been viewed more than 75 million times on YouTube, but some have criticized the Hollywood-style backing of the film.

The CEO of non-profit Invisible Children, which is based in San Diego but has an operation in Uganda, released a response video Monday defending his organization’s financial plan of spending between 80-85 percent of its resources to the Ugandan cause.

“I think I understand why some people are wondering ‘Is this just some slick, fly-by-night, slack-tivist thing?’ when actually it’s not at all,” Ben Keesey said in his online video.

When news crews first arrived to speak to a Ugandan survivor at the KONY 2012 event on the Sacramento State campus on Monday, staff told reporters no interviews would be allowed. By the end of the night, they had changed their minds.

“That was odd, but maybe I just need to find out why?” said Patricia Akello of Uganda.

Akello lives in Uganda. She says there are so many family and friends killed by warlord Joseph Kony in her homeland, she can’t count them all.

“One thing I know is that Invisible Children is in northern Uganda,” she said. “I am from northern Uganda.”

Roughly 300 Sacramento State students watched a presentation of the video and bought Kony 2012 starter kits to promote it.

“I think most of the money is going where it should be going and not going to the production,” Sac State student Grant Gibson said.

This viral video is being scrutinized, but it didn’t seem to have lost any supportive voices in this college crowd Monday night.

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  • stan atkinson

    Slow news day again? Must be!

  • Robert K

    Here’s an even better headline, “Sac State students fly to Uganda to end atrocities and hunt down Kony.”

  • Bleu

    Yes, this is a terrible thing for a child to know but with the smheces that a young child has we need to accommodate their smheces but also remember that within their experience of being hurt the most they’ve (hopefully) been hurt is nothing more then a spanking or being yelled at so by saying that Kony is just a bad man that hurts people and little kids doesn’t have the same effect as Kony is a man that kills people and little kids. For a child would know that kill is permanent. That you can never undo death. They understand that as a serious thing. Yes, at 4 yrs old a child is still in their preoperational stage but they can still understand the seriousness of things before they hit their concrete operational stage. To say that their still just a baby, in my opinion is a little too protective because they never stop being YOUR baby. At what point would you draw a line and say they are old enough? Why should we wait until they are older to instill conventional moral reasoning? Maybe my experience as a child was different but even at a young age I had postconventional moral reasoning. As a young child, I was always telling others about things like recycling to save the planet and treating others nicely. I taught myself a lot about civil rights. I carried that into my middle school years. I even started telling my peers about earth hour and a day of silence. Now as a high school student I am more aware of more serious issues and am willing to battle against them. The older I get, the more I understand and the more tools I have to stand up against the injustice only because my parents encouraged me to keep being aware of the issues I felt so strongly about. I am only a special child if you labeled it that way. Every child could have the same experience I did if you just taught them. The children REALLY ARE our future and they cannot only make a big difference later but make a big difference NOW! And how great would it be to instill that type of power and confidence into a young child.

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