It’s not everyday that highly dangerous war criminals are trending on Twitter, but that was the case Wednesday due to the newest campaign that is being headed up by the advocacy group, Invisible Children.
On Monday, the group released their “Kony 2012” documentary on Vimeo, informing the public about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is active in many of the central countries of Africa, mainly in Uganda.
The LRA has been abducting African children for 26 years, brainwashing them into children soldiers and sex slaves. Kony’s group is responsible for more than 10,000 mutilations and deaths of children in central Africa. Despite these facts, Kony has found a way to remain invisible for the last 26 years.
Invisible Children, led by 28 year-old Ben Keesey, has made it their job to make Kony a household name, hoping this will lead to his arrest in 2012. And it’s working. The documentary had more than 26 million views in two days.
The group has planned an event in April called “Cover The Night,” during which supporters will meet in cities and towns around the world and flood the streets with posters, stickers and other propaganda. The idea is to have people wake up in the morning and see Kony’s face everywhere, thus informing even more people about his crimes.
Supporters in Atlanta have already planned to meet in Centennial Olympic Park on the night of April 20th. Another effort has begun to organize a group that will meet in Buckhead on the same night.
You can support the cause by simply watching the video and sharing it with your friends and family. Surprisingly, before this documentary was released, 99% of the world had no idea who Joseph Kony was. Help Invisible Children change this. It is already working.
(Sources: Associated Press, www.kony2012.com, Invisible Children)