A 30-minute YouTube video, “Kony 2012,” focusing on the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has exploded into what may be an unprecedented Internet movement in the past few days, dominating social networking and video sites, ABC News reports.
The site reported yesterday: “The nonprofit charity Invisible Children Inc. uploaded the video Monday to bring attention to Kony and the rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army, which has terrorized Central Africa for several years. The YouTube video currently has more than 7 million views.”
This morning, less than 24 hours later, that number was up to almost 37 million — and rising fast.
Invisible Children says on its Facebook Page that it “uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.”
The story notes that President Obama has sent troops to Uganda to help capture or kill Kony, saying in his announcement in October that Kony’s group is responsible for having “murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa” and continues to “commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”
Here’s the video documentary on Kony: