If you’ve noticed the trends on Twitter lately, you’ve seen several that surround the Stop Kony 2012 campaign: KONY, Make Kony Famous, Stop Kony, Invisible Children, LRA. If this is the first you’ve heard of the Stop Kony 2012 campaign, we’ll give you a bit of background.
Stop Kony 2012 is a campaign that strives to stop and arrest Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel leader, by raising awareness for who is and what has done. While the fight to bring Kony to justice has been ongoing for 10 years, Invisible Children’s campaign for American support began eight years ago. In that time, the U.S. has opened their eyes to the atrocities he has brought upon the African people by spreading his story and creating public support for his capture.
The goal for 2012 is to show the U.S. government how much the American people support this cause and to prevent the removal of U.S. support in Uganda. This is where social media steps in. The Invisible Children and Stop Kony 2012 campaigns are asking the American people to spread the word and keep #stopkony in conversations so that the government realizes how important the cause is.
It is often questioned why we offer our support to countries facing such adversities when we have such significant problems in our own backyard. The campaign is not requesting U.S. support in this cause in lieu of any support needed here, but the organizers are asking that we help bring justice to the Invisible Children out of sheer human decency. Learn more about the Kony 2012 campaign in the video above.
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