Intro from Jay Allison: Andy Mills and Aaron Appleton's vox pop features the voices of Ugandans and their opinions on the viral video phenomenon Kony 2012. We're featuring it on the occasion of "Cover the Night," a global campaign demanding justice be brought to Joseph Kony, who is accused of terrorizing northern Uganda for decades.
Notes from Andy Mills:
I lived in Southern Sudan in 2007 and 2008, working as a research journalist for an aid and development organization. Most of my work was done in the small villages alongside Sudan’s southern border with northern Uganda. I met many people who had been devastated by Joseph Kony’s rebel force: the LRA. I heard terrible stories about child soldier abduction, torture and dismemberment. I saw the scars these rebels left on the bodies and communities of this area. Yet, it seemed very apparent that the LRA was now a feeble body of rebels in hiding, not a frightening force of power any longer.
So when the Kony 2012 video went viral, I wondered what Ugandans thought of all the attention.
But, in most of the media I listened to/watched, their voices were missing.
So, motivated largely by my own curiosity, I called my friend Aaron who lives and works in Uganda and asked him if he’d go around and record a few interviews with Ugandans on the subject.
Since we felt their voices were missing from the conversation, and since Kony 2012 is planning a media blitz on April 20th called “Cover the Night,” we decided to produce a short radio piece on the subject.
Aaron has never made radio before, but he does a hefty amount of music recording and producing for his non profit organization: Ensigo. I taught him the basics for recording a vox pop and a tape sync, and we spoke over Skype – me in Denver and he in Kampala. He sent me all the sound files and I compiled this story from my apartment here in Denver (recording the narration in my closet).