As of this very moment, Joseph Kony is arguably the most hated man on earth.
But why? How can one person spark so much hate and disgust on a global scale?
Keep on reading and you’ll find out…
Joseph Kony is an evil, EVIL man from Uganda who heads an infamous guerilla group called the Lord’s Resistance Army, or “LRA” for short.
The LRA is a militant group of people who, with an extreme religious ideology, use violence in an effort to establish a theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments throughout various African countries, including Uganda.
Directed by Kony, the LRA has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight for them, and has forced the internal displacement of over 2 million people since its rebellious campaign began back in the 1980’s, earning the violent army one hell of a reputation worldwide.
In the past decade alone, the LRA — which mainly operates northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic — has spent the majority of its time and energy not only attacking, but also enslaving and killing unarmed Acholi people from its own tribe, many of them being women and children.
Joseph Kony — who calls himself the official “spokesperson” of God, and even goes as far to consider himself the Holy Spirit — was indicted in 2005 for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, and has spent the past 7 years evading capture.
Now, social media has taken upon itself to create a massive campaign called “Stop Kony,” in an extreme and global effort to make the indicted war criminal “famous” (or “infamous” — depending on who you ask) so that he can finally be captured and punished for his heinous crimes against humanity.
A California-based non-profit charity organization called “Invisible Children” is at the helm of the campaign, which says it wants to harness the power of the Internet to raise awareness and finally bring Joseph Kony to justice.
A documentary video, entitled “The KONY 2012 Documentary” has now become an Internet sensation after going viral this week, reaching over 40 million views in just 3 days.
The Washington Times reported:
Less than two days after its initial release, the video on YouTube and Vimeo had garnered almost 20 Million views. Most viewers have been referred from Facebook and are between 13 and 24 years of age.
The KONY 2012 Documentary was created by Invisible Children, whose mission is not to celebrate him, but to “raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice,” as stated in the video’s description on YouTube.
The documentary calls for a massive event on April 20th called “Cover the Night,” culminating in the form of hundreds of thousands of supporters placing posters and stickers in every city across America. These materials seek to make the name of Joseph Kony famous and eventually bring him to justice via awareness.
Instantly, “Cover the Night” events on Facebook were started and grew to many hundreds of members who each committed to take part in this effort on the night of April 20th.
The video states that when Kony is a household name, the US Government will have to keep American soldiers in Central Africa, on their mission to find Kony.
“In order for Kony to be arrested this year, the Ugandan military has to find him. In order for them to find him, they need the technology and training to find him in the vast jungle. That’s where the American advisors come in. But in order for the American advisors to be there, the US government has to deploy them. They’ve done that, but if the government doesn’t believe that the people care about arresting Kony, the mission will be canceled. In order for people to care, they have to know, and they will only know if Kony’s name is everywhere.”