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Invisible Children’s U.S. Office Will Close by the End of 2015

Invisible Children’s U.S. Office Will Close by the End of 2015

The nonprofit group Invisible Children will soon close its doors for good. The group, which has been working in Uganda and parts of Africa since 2004, has said that it will close its California office and trim its staff down to just five remote workers this month. They will then cease operations by the end of 2015. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, CEO Ben Keesey said that all of its operations abroad will go through a “12-month handover process,” with various regional partners in East Africa taking over projects on the ground. Keesy told the outlet, “It’s the end of Invisible Children as most people know it.” The group’s five remaining staff members in the U.S. will work on lobbying campaigns related to efforts to fight Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

According to Keesey, Jason Russell, the filmmaker who rose to national prominence following the release of the Kony 2012 awareness video, was among the employees who will end their time with the organization this month. After critics raised concerns about some of the messages of the video and the campaign’s overall effectiveness, Russell experienced a public breakdown, and took time off from working with the organization. Though the timing may be somewhat surprising, the group has said the plan was always to close after the capture of warlord, who is still being hunted by forces in the region. Keesey told Buzzfeed, “Even though we’re announcing this before the capture of Joseph Kony, the Invisible Children story is one of gigantic progress and huge impact in people’s lives” …

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