Ugandan Street Interviews: Kony 2012
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).
Aaron Appleton is the founder and creative director of the non-profit Ensigo, which empowers people in developing countries through art and music collaborations.