March 8, 2012

KONY 2012

A documentary about the Ugandan guerilla leader has gone viral.

Jessica: Now, a ton of you emailed us over the past 24-hours about a new documentary out concerning a conflict in the Africa nation of Uganda that has gone viral in a big way. You definitely got our attention

The documentary, called Kony 2012, exposes a conflict in Uganda involving a rebel group called the Lords Resistance Army, or LRA, and its leader Joseph Kony.

For decades, Kony and his followers have abducted more than 30,000 children, some as young as nine years old, forcing them to fight as soldiers.

The film, created by an organization called the Invisible Children, features children in Uganda who fear for their lives.

“We worry. The rebels, when they arrest us again, then they will kill us. They will catch us and then they will take us in the bush. We come here to save our lives.”

Jessica: The film’s creator, Jason Russell, first met some of the frightened children in Uganda in 2003. That is when he began his campaign against Joseph Kony. Those efforts began paying off last fall when President Obama ordered about 100 U.S. military trainers into central Africa to help combat the LRA. Jason Russell says it is not enough.

Jason Russell: If the government doesn’t believe the people care, the mission will be cancelled. In order for the people to care, they have to know. And they will only know if Kony’s name is everywhere.

Jessica: And it is working. Within just a few days, more than 4 million people have watched the documentary. Friends are posting links to the film on Facebook and the Twitter hashtag #stopkony has become one of the most tweeted topics around the world.

On April 20th, Invisible Children is organizing a worldwide movement called Cover the Night. People will be hanging hundreds of thousands of posters overnight, calling for justice against Joseph Kony.

Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions about this documentary.


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