Thursday, March 8, 2012

You Have to Watch KONY 2012

Have you joined the Kony 2012 movement?  My teenage son asked me to watch the video, Kony 2012, and I must admit that it is brilliant!  You definitely need to check it out.  The video is almost 30 minutes, but it is a must see for many reasons. 

The whole premise of Kony 2012 is to make Kony a household name.  If you don't know who Kony is, then you are not alone.  He is a terrible guy that runs a guerrilla organization in Africa (Uganda) that abducts children and forces them to be his child soldiers.  The acts that he makes the kids commit are horrifying and the African people want him brought to justice.  The problem is that the African police/military are so poorly funded and lack training so, tracking down Kony is a huge undertaking.  The film producers have created an organization to bring the crimes that Kony has committed to the limelight so that the people of the U.S. and other countries help the African nations find Kony so that he may be brought to justice. 

The U.S. did send troops to Africa in the fall of 2011 to help in this mission, due to the efforts of the campaign for the "Invisible Children" campaign.  The campaign organizers know that the U.S. will not keep troops on a wild goose chase forever, so they are pushing that Kony is caught in 2012. 

The movie is brilliantly done and is definitely for a good cause.  But, just as important, this movie is a great example of how social media can bring the world together for a greater cause!  This movie has gone viral among high school and college students and the young people are leading this movement.  I must say that I am very proud of these young people and plan to support this movement as well. 

The movie Kony 2012 is on  Youtube, but I am also putting a link below.  Let me know what your thoughts are about this movie and movement. 


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