The past few years we have seen revolutions go viral, huge social media protest campaigns and that really, nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Today, I saw a short movie that I felt compelled to share with as many people as possible. The movie tells the story of Jason Russell and his movement’s commitment to bring one of the world’s worst war criminals to justice. The movie to make Joseph Kony famous, not because he deserves to be celebrated, but to bring him to justice for crimes against humanity.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group responsible for Africa’s longest-running armed conflict (since 1986). During these 26 years the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children in Uganda, forcing boys to become child soldiers, and girls to become sex slaves. A common strategy for LRA was to make the children kill their parents and mutilate members of their local community, making it close to impossible for the children to ever return home. The group does not have a political cause, but is continuing the terrorize the region. As a result of LRA’s crimes, Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, but has succeeded in evading capture.
To create awareness and combat Kony, Jason Russel formed TRI – a movement dedicated to the rescue of Joseph Kony’s child soldiers. Invisible Children is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with people affected by Kony and LRA’s crimes.
We support the thought behind the video and the campaign, there is no doubt that Kony and LRA has done a lot of harm, but we are aware of criticism against Invisible Children and the campaign. The organization is being criticized for sharing misleading or manipulated information, and for low accountability. Still, I think that any organization that can create this much awareness about a long ignored conflict in Northern Uganda and Africa deserves some attention. The goal is one we can all support: It’s about time Kony is put to justice!
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Watch the video here to learn more about Kony and Jason’s battle:
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