Invisible Children: Kony 2012

<br><EM>Shradha Gyawali</EM>

April 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 05 No.-18 Mar. 30 -2012 (Chaitra 17,2068)<br>

Jason Russel founded the non-profit group, Invisible Children, to stop African war atrocities. The Kony video that went viral was watched by millions of people around the world in less than a week. This attention was great for raising awareness against Joseph Kony. The year 2012 is an important year for the organization, Invisible Children. In 2003, a group of filmmakers took a trip to Africa to find a story. What they ended up finding was a sickening war where children are being used as weapons.

The villain in this story is Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is a brutal Central Africa militia that has kidnapped thousands of children and forced them to become sex-slaves, fight as child soldiers and kill family members during a 26-year campaign of terror.  Kony fights for nothing. There is no “cause” that the LRA is fighting for. Kony’s goal is to have power and to maintain power. Nothing more.

The LRA began its attack in Uganda in 1980’s, when Kony sought to overthrow the government. Since being pushed out of Uganda several years ago, the militia has terrorized villages in Congo, the Central Africa Republic, and South Sudan.

To reach his goal, he has built an army of many people, including children. The LRA abducts children from their villages and forces them to become child-sex slaves and soldiers. They are forced to kill at the mercy of Kony’s orders. An estimated 66,000 children became soldiers and 2 million people have been internally displaced since his rein. 

The LRA abducts both young girls and boys, to become sex slaves indefinitely. Kony is using children only to gain power. He is now the number one war criminal in the world and it has become a global priority to arrest him.

Invisible Children has been working to stop Kony and his army: the result is Kony 2012. The campaign is designed to make him famous, to expose his face to every person, everywhere. In order to do this, it is necessary to involve as many people as possible. Invisible Children is on to something.

They have just released a video explaining the importance of the situation and how to help. What’s more, it isn’t hard to help. Visit the Facebook page (Invisible Children). Visit the website (

Getting involved is as easy as visiting their website and pledging. There are also options to donate money as well as buy the materials that will come in handy for the next step.

On the night of April 20, Invisible Children has urged every person to take the posters that have been created bearing Kony’s face, and plaster them all over cities across the country. In the morning, there will not be a single person that can escape the image of his face. In the morning, everyone will know his likeness. Americans are uniting to capture Kony, but what about their own soldiers who are responsible for killing the innocent children in Afghanistan. They should be stopped too!

Any one person can help bring down Joseph Kony. All people have to do is expose him to the world. Plaster his face on every wall, every window, and every blank inch of space in sight.
Again, to get involved:Watch the Kony 2012 video on YouTube ( Visit and pledge.






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