We would like to raise awareness of KONY 2012 and help put a stop to what is happening in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
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A Ugandan man now living in Grafton is welcoming a social media campaign to raise awareness of the Lords Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony. KONY 2012 is a video created by US non-profit organisation Invisible Children with the aim of 'making Kony famous' and leading to his capture. At last count, the video had been watched more than 78 million times. Emma (who did not want his surname published) fled Uganda in 2005 after being captured by the Lords Resistance Army. He was on a bus when it was pulled over and the driver was shot. Emma and the other passengers were then taken into the jungle.
In response to the phenomenal success of the video "Kony 2012" which received over 60 million views on the internet between 7-9 March 2012, the Office of the Special Representative has prepared this fact sheet for people looking deeper into the complexities of the issue of the Lord's Resistance Army and the impact on the lives of children. #stopkony #konysurrender #kony2012 What is the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and what are its aspirations?
KONY CASE STUDY
By ENJOLI FRANCIS AND FELICIA PATINKIN March 8, 2012 A 30-minute YouTube film critical of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has logged close to 37 million views since Monday, but the charity behind the video is suddenly on the defensive, forced to explain its motives, financial practices and religious affiliations.
Updated Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:29pm AEDT Ugandans have criticised the viral Kony2012 video, saying it is yet another neo-colonial campaign that portrays Africans as powerless to help themselves. The 30-minute film was produced by an American advocacy group and aims to raise awareness about wanted war criminal Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord's Resistance Army, and the plight of child soldiers in central Africa. It has been watched and passed on by tens of millions of viewers on YouTube, but has been criticised as simplistic and inaccurate. Kony left a path of destruction and mass murder for more than 20 years, but he is no longer in Uganda and has not been for six years.
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Since Monday, more than 21m people have viewed this film – made by an American charity called Invisible Children – about the plight of children in Uganda at the hands of the warlord Joseph Kony , the leader of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) guerilla group. His group is said to have abducted 60,000 children. With its slick Hollywood production values, the film has been an almost instant viral success, dominating Twitter worldwide and having one of the fastest ever take-offs on You Tube. The hashtag #stopkony has had hundreds of thousands of tweets, and millions of people now know something about Uganda and what is happening to children there. Support for the campaign to end the conflict in the country this year is spreading. We've reported on the video here :
Two LRA commanders have been removed from the battlefield, Maj. Gen.