‘Kony 2012’ Campaign Takes Over Internet

The YouTube video targeting Ugandan leader Joseph Kony went viral, amassing over 7 million views

YouTube film bringing attention to Ugandan leader Joseph Kony went viral with over 56 million views (Image: File)

For the past few days social media feeds have been erupting with “Stop Kony” messages, videos, and photos. The 30-minute YouTube film on the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony uploaded  Monday went viral and has more than 56 million views (at press time).

The nonprofit charity Invisible Children Inc. uploaded the video to bring attention to Kony and the rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has terrorized central Africa for several years. The viral attention garnered celebrity endorsements from Oprah, Rihanna, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, to name a few.

In October, President Obama sent 100 troops to Uganda to help regional forces battle the LRA and capture or kill Kony.

On April 20, the group is asking supporters to cover their hometowns with posters calling for the militia leader to be brought to justice, reports ABC News. Supporters can sign a petition and contribute to the cause by buying T-shirts, posters and bracelets on its website.

Watch the video below:


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