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Mar 7, 2012
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Should You Care About #Kony2012?

Should You Care About #Kony2012?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5SqcYou may have heard of Kony 2012, a YouTube video that has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter and attracted the interest of parents and youth throughout the Philadelphia area and the nation. The 30-minute video produced by the group Invisible Children seeks to raise awareness and support for the capture of Joseph Kony, the notorious leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a theocratic Afican insurgent group that has reportedly enslaved more than 30,000 children.

For More Info

► Kony 2012 guide for parents from Common Sense Media, including jumping off points for family discussions. (March 19)

► Kony 2012 director Russell hospitalized after exhibiting bizarre behavior. (March 16)

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey answers critics and invites questions. (March 12)

NPR article about Kony 2012  includes controversy surrounding Invisible Children (March 7)

Kony is accused of forcing children to fight in his campaign of murder, rape, mutilation and sexual slavery, making them kill their own parents as an initiation into his group. The LRA is believed to have displaced 2 million people in Uganda andd neighboring countries. In 2005, the International Criminal Court issued a warrent for Kony's arrest. Last October, President Obama sent 100 U.S. military advisors to central Africa to help forces combat Kony and the LRA.

Supporters of the Invisible Children campaign plan to widely display Kony 2012 posters on April 20. The campaign has its detractors, including MVBolles on the website Reddit, who  questions Invisible Children's transparency and tactics. Alex Miller on vice.com offers a point-by-point rebuttal of the criticism.

Kony 2012, the 30-minute video by Invisible Children, has gone viral


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