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Activist Communiqué: Kony 2012

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you a heads up about the Kony 2012 campaign. The video has already gone viral and provides the heat for the campaign. It has reached 67,106,844 hits on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

The campaign itself and the tactics used are controversial, feel free to comment below.

Check out the campaign below for yourself.

Fwd: Kony 2012 is an international campaign by Invisible Children, aiming to bring Joseph Kony to justice.

Who is Joseph Kony?

Joseph Kony is the world's worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or "wives" for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians-often with blunt weapons.

The LRA is no longer active in northern Uganda (where it originated) but it continues its campaign of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. In its 26-year history, the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children and displaced at least 2.1 million people.

What is the goal of Kony 2012?

Invisible Children has been working for nine years to end Africa's longest-running armed conflict. U.S. military advisers are currently deployed in Central Africa on a "time-limited" mission to stop Kony and disarm the LRA. If Kony isn't captured this year, the window will be gone.

We are taking action to ensure these two things:
1) That Joseph Kony is known as the world's worst war criminal.
2) That U.S. and international efforts to stop Kony are bolstered with a more comprehensive strategy for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR).

Why are we making Joseph Kony "famous"?

Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. In this case, notoriety translates to public support. If people know about the crimes that Kony has been committing for 26 years, they will unite to stop him.

Secondly, we want Kony to be famous so that when he is stopped, he will be a visible, concrete example of international justice. Then other war criminals will know that their mass atrocities will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

Contact:
General questions:
info@invisiblechildren.com // 619.562.2799

Media inquiries:
cattarini@sunshinesachs.com

For more information about Invisible Children, visit the website: http://www.kony2012.com/

 

 

 

 

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