KONY 2012 Part 2 – Live on Tuesday!
It swamped the internet with a staggering 100 million views in just a week. The people behind the viral video, KONY 2012 are planning to release a sequel on Tuesday.
The original 30-minute video clip was made to raise support, to help the impending arrest of Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord. However, it received criticism and flak for manipulating and exaggerating facts. Read on to ‘discover’ how Joseph Kony became a household name.
The YouTube film became the pulse of a campaign which spread like fire on Twitter via hash tags like #stopkony and #Kony2012. By March 9, this link had 40 million visitors, while Tweets regarding Kony became the front-runner in trending topics across the world.
Sequel Coming Up!
As per a blog posted by Jason Russell’s Invisible Children, ‘Kony 2012 Part 2’ will be released on April 3. The sequel is believed to be an update of the ‘Cover the Night’ widespread awareness-raising act scheduled to be held on April 20.
The original video was released by Jason Russell on March 5, who traveled to Uganda for the first time 8 years ago. In his first visit, he met Jacob Acaye, a child soldier who was abducted and forced to join Kony’s army at the mere age of 11.
The LRA (Lord Resistance Army) in its 26-year history, abducted more than 30,000 innocent children, forcing them to join his army as child soldiers or as ‘wives’ for his partners. His troops raided villages, killing the adults mercilessly, raping the girls and forcing the boys to fight for him.
Joseph Kony – The ‘Devil’ Warlord!
The filmmaker said his main intention was to ‘make Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his immediate arrest,’ Joseph Kony is the leader of the rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Once he finished making the film, he planned to use the celebrity status of high-profile figures as many as possible to bring the matter to light. This will then pressurize the governments to bring justice to the cause.
Now, here’s the story of Joseph Kony. He’s the first on the International Criminal Court list. Indicated for crimes against humanity in 2005, he’s wanted for 33 charges: 12 crime counts against humanity, including rape, sexual enslavement, and murder. The rest 21 counts are war crimes, including forcibly enlisting child soldiers, inducing rape, pillaging, and cruelly treating civilians.
His guerrilla army has forced nearly 1.5 million civilians to leave their homes across the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. The warlord is currently being hunted by a team of 100 U.S. Special Forces. Also, the local troops in the 4 central African countries are hunting him.
Onslaught of Criticism!
Even though the video campaign was meant to arrest the devious warlord, it did come under fire from many quarters. Invisible Children, San-Diego based charity founded by Russell, was heavily criticized for initiating direct military intervention in Uganda. Also, the video strongly supports the Ugandan Army, which has been accused of atrocities and widespread torture.
Even as Jason Russell is recovering from a sudden nervous breakdown, his Invisible Children team is forging ahead. The sequel video is designed for an international audience. It’ll have more details about the infamous LRA and more voices from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, where the LRA are situated now.
So, here’s my question to you – are you going to be a part of the ‘Cover the Night’ awareness on April 20? Be a part of the change and help in bringing justice, if you really care!