Have you ever heard of Joseph Kony? If not, you’re not alone. 99 percent of people have never heard of Kony but he tops the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) list of the world’s worst war criminals. Kony is an Ugandan guerrilla group leader and head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and has abducted and forced tens of thousands of children to fight for him. This has been going on for years but 2012 is the year that Kony will be stopped.
Invisible Children, a movement started to bring attention to what’s going on in Uganda, has released a film online to share this story with the world and ask for support. The film, a 30-minute documentary called ‘KONY 2012,’ was created to show the world who Joseph Kony is. Invisible Children’s objective is “to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” ‘KONY 2012’ has garnered over 1.8 million YouTube views so far, and it’s only been a couple of days.
Please, take the time to watch the film below and share it to spread the word about Joseph Kony and what is happening in Uganda. You can also show your support by signing the pledge to bring Kony to justice in 2012, make a donation, or purchase KONY 2012 products.
Had you heard of Joseph Kony before watching this video? If not, did it convince you to help make Kony famous in 2012?
Update [March 8, 2012]: There has been some controversy surrounding KONY 2012 as critics have come out of the woodwork. Find out more in my SocialTimes.com post, ‘Critics Come Forward as KONY 2012 Hits 30 Million Views.’
Update [March 19, 2012]: Over the past week or so I have written a number of follow-up posts on SocialTimes.com. Click to check them out below: