CLEVELAND - A humanitarian video posted on YouTube has gone viral and major entertainers have played a major role in making it happen.
The "Kony 2012" video project was posted on you tube Monday. It got sixty-six thousand views that day. However, by Thursday, it had reached 44 million views making it a viral sensation. Friday it has reached more than 50 million views and counting.
A San Diego based activist group called Invisible Children posted the searing and at times difficult to watch video to campaign for a larger push to capture Joseph Kony, the leader of brutal Central Africa militia group, The Lord's Resistance Army. In the video thousands of Ugandan children are shown in obvious fear for their lives, hiding from Kony and his henchmen. Invisible Hope said the organization has terrorized the region for almost 20 years. They said Kony has forced Ugandan boys to join their gang and to murder innocent people. The organization said they take little girls and us them as sex slaves.
Invisible Children hoped that by releasing the thirty minute documentary, the masses would be enlightened about who Kony is and what he's done so he can be found and stopped.
"This has been going on for years, if that happened one night in America it'd be on the cover of Newsweek," said 'Kony 2012' filmmaker, Jason Russell.
Entertainers like Angelina Jolie, Sean "Puffy" Combs and even Oprah Winfrey, have gotten involved. The mega-star tweeted the video to over nine million of her followers. Combs did the same, sending a message to Kony that he would help make him famous by making him known.
The United States government got involved in this fight last year when President Obama sent troops to central Africa to assist in capturing Kony and stopping his army.
The Telegraph reported White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, congratulated Americans for getting behind this humanitarian effort.
"I think this viral video that you mentioned is part of that response, raising awareness about the horrific activities of the LRAs, and consistent with the bipartisan legislation passed by our congress in 2010 the United States continues to pursue a comprehensive multi-faceted strategy to hel;p the governments and people of Central Africa in their efforts to end the threat posed by the LRA and reduce the human consequences of the LRA's atrocities," said Carney in a report from The Telegraph.
On April 20, Invisible Children said it has planned a "Cover America" day to inundate every city across the country, putting out posters and signs educating the masses about who Kony is and why they should get involved. For more on this movement log on to their website www.kony2012.com.
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