While violence in Uganda has raged on for years, not many people have paid attention to it. Not because they don't care, but because they haven't known a lot about it. However, a new video aims to educate people about Joseph Kony and the genocide in Uganda.
A humanitarian group called Invisible Children has released the documentary which helps shed light on the issues, including the LRA's use of child soldiers. The short film is chilling and gives viewers an inside look at what Ugandans endure by hearing from a former child soldier named Jacob.
According to Invisible Children, their mission is to "make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice."
The LRA leader was indicted for his war crimes in 2006, but has yet to be captured. That doesn't mean that the United States has ignored the issue, though. According to the Miami Herald, special operation forces were sent last year to aid the Ugandans in their search for the leader.
Thanks to social networking, the word is being spread and people are being made aware of what is going on in Uganda. The video was uploaded to YouTube on March 5th, and by Tuesday night, Uganda and StopKony were trending on Twitter. Even celebrities have shared the video; Rihanna tweeting it to her more than 14 million followers.
This is further proof of how social networking can be harnessed to make people aware of situations. Now, 24 hours after the video's release, it has been shared millions of times and certainly has people talking. Will it help to bring Kony to justice?
Â© Corrina Jean