This video has gone massively viral with over thirty eight million views in three days. It's about Joseph Kony - an international criminal who has abducted over sixty thousand children and forced them to kill for him. He abducts young girls and forces them to be sex slaves and young boys he forces to carry a gun.
Joseph Kony (born c. 1961) is a Ugandan guerrilla group leader, head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). While initially enjoying strong public support, the LTA turned brutally on its own supporters, supposedly bent on "purifying" the Acholi people and turning Uganda into a theocracy ruled by the Ten Commandments. The LRA is a militant group with a syncretic Christian extreme religious ideology. They are known for the extreme atrocities they commit against civilians, including murder, mutilations, rape, and in some accounts even cannibalism.
Directed by Kony, the LRA has earned a reputation for its actions against the people of several countries, including northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan. It has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight for them, and has forced the internal displacement of over 2 million people since its rebellion began in 1986. In 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, but has evaded capture.
My step-son showed me the video tonight and I plan on supporting the cause. I will be donating via their website and I will do my best to find out if my region supports putting up posters about this madman.
It's very rare to see a video go viral that isn't about something ultimately meaningless in the big scheme of things. You know, some guy doing something stupid on his skateboard or something equally as mind numbing. However, this cause is a worthy one in my opinion. I hope you'l spread the video through your blogs, email or by whatever means is available to you.
Let's force our governments to pay attention. Let's help shape human history.
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.