The Stop Kony 2012 and Invisible Children Campaign

This past weekend a friend and I were watching movies as we usually do but there was this one movie in particular that seemed to get a rise out of me. Especially at the end when I saw that the credits were based off of a true story. The movie was called “Machine Gun Preacher” and is based on the life of Sam Childers.  In 1998, Childers went to Uganda as a volunteer for a construction project. That one trip, which was supposed to last only a few weeks, drastically changed the course of his life, his family and of hundreds of children in southern Sudan. He discovered that young African children were being forced into a life of becoming rebels, sex slaves and some even having to kill their own mothers. After witnessing firsthand how the militant rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army burned down villages, cut off people’s lips and forced children to be killing machines, Childers couldn’t return to his previous life in the United States. He started a crusade to build an orphanage for hundreds of African children to keep them safe from the rebels.

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon.  While on the internet a YouTube video caught my attention because it was pertaining to the same crisis. Film maker Jason Russell gives a detailed visual on his quest to put a stop to the horrifics acts that the children of Uganda are subject to.  The project aims to stop Joseph Kony, the Ugandan guerrilla group leader and head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group engaged in a violent campaign using kidnapped child soldiers to fight for them.  The KONY 2012 film and campaign by Invisible Children’s aim is to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Under Kony’s leadership, the LRA has abducted and forced over 66,000 children to fight in their wars, and has also forced the internal displacement of over 2 million people since its rebellion began in 1986.

Jason Russell’s aim was to get politicians and celeb figures both to become aware of this issue going on in Africa and step-up to assist with a solution.  He’s using very precise methods to contribute to this cause in the documentary, including “Cover The Night” occurring on April 20 when they’re instructing supporters to blanket their cities with “KONY 2012″ posters. They’re also campaigning for the world’s biggest celebrities (including Jay-ZBonoMark Zuckerberg and more) and a select group of U.S. policy makers to step up and make sure Kony’s LRA is put out of existence once and for all. From looking at the internet support in just the last 24 hours, I believe we may be on our way to helping save these children! 

Please take a half-hour of your time and watch this moving video:

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