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If you’ve been seeing anything on your social media that says “Kony 2012″ or #stopkony, you might be wondering just what the heck or who the heck a “Kony” is. If you were indeed wondering, you should know that Kony refers to Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. He is the head of the guerrilla group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has kidnapped thousands of Ugandan children and forced them to become child soldiers. He has also caused the displacement of thousands of people, and his team has been responsible for a number of killings, rapes and more in Central Africa. While he has been a threat for years, and President Obama has tried to send troops to find him in the past, Kony has somehow been able to evade capture.
Though the LRA has allegedly been around since ’87, people are making Joseph Kony’s name an internationally known one this week after a video by film maker Jason Russell for the group Invisible Children was recently released about Kony. They were hoping that the video would increase U.S. involvement in the issue. But whether or not the government gets involved, it seems as though the people are ready. The more notoriety he gets from his bad deeds, the more likely Invisible Children believes he will be taken down.
The goal for right now, however, is to get the word out so that on April 20, supporters can put posters around where they live (wherever that is) that call for Kony to be brought to justice. The posters they have in mind say, “Kony 2012: ‘Stop at Nothing.’” No word yet on what the next step would be after the big poster posting event…According to ABC News, Invisible Children says people can support by going to their website, buying T-shirts, bracelets and posters, donating, or you can simply go to the site and sign their pledge.
If you want to know more about Joseph Kony, you can actually check out the 30-minute film by Jason Russell below and spread the word. Check it out if you haven’t already:
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