Now that the frenzy caused by the Stop Kony viral video has declined somewhat — with its meteoric success as a social media campaign targeting an African warlord, followed by the bizarre public indecency of the campaign’s leader — let’s consider where we are at with this and some other news items out of Uganda:
The “nodding disease” mystery: Baffling illness turns Ugandan children into violent zombies
Fears of the oil curse: Ugandan communities fear coming oil boom
An African’s view of American humanitarians: The White Savior Industrial Complex
How the push to capture Kony may fuel land grabs: Ugandan communities face second genocide
Ugandan military steps up attacks on opposition: Uganda’s army launches brutal crackdown on insurgents
Kony video flops in Uganda: And the Kony campaign gets linked to anti-gay U.S.-based religious group
That last one, about the Kony 2012 organization Invisible Children being linked to virulently anti-gay Christian organizations, sounds a bit stretched to me. Frankly, I can no longer keep up with this story and all of the allegations. But at least it increased the world’s attention to many issues in Uganda … even if Kony is now in Congo.