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Tendayi Achiume


On Kony2012: In Defense of the Armchair

[Kony2012-inspired graffiti. Image by AshtonPal from Flickr.]

It is quite possible that there remains nothing new to say about Kony2012. This thirty-minute video, narrated by Jason Russell, co-founder of the non-profit organization Invisible Children, aims to rally mass awareness and support for the campaign to capture Joseph Kony, leader of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). But Kony2012 is, after all, the gift that keeps on giving. Its tally includes an unprecedented humanitarian social media coup with close to ninety million YouTube ...

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Tendayi Achiume


Tendayi Achiume is the Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of California Los Angeles, School of Law where she co-teaches the International Justice Clinic.  As a Fox International Fellow with the University of Cape Town she conducted research on the effectiveness of refugee protection in South Africa.  Thereafter, she joined Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, where she provided direct legal services to refugees and asylum seekers as a Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow.  She also taught Civic Engagement with Human Rights at the International Human Rights Exchange, a program jointly administered by Witwatersrand University and Bard College.  She has worked in the field of human rights in Senegal and Kenya and practiced corporate law in New York, and served as a clerk on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  She holds a JD from the Yale Law School and a Graduate Certificate in Development Studies from Yale University.