A documentary film about the little-known conflict that has devastated Uganda since the early 1980s has become a surprise viral hit, being shared on Facebook over 3.6 million times in under two weeks.
Kony 2012, named after the infamous leader of Christian terrorist group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), is a film and campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice”.
The documentary describes the plight of Uganda through the eyes of a former LRA child soldier, Jacob, and the director Jason Russell’s American son, Gareth, who doesn’t know who Kony is.
The film focuses heavily on the issue of child soldiers, with Kony’s LRA reportedly having up to 30,000 boys and girls who are used as soldiers and sex slaves.
Kony is alleged to have fathered over 200 children during his 26 years on the run from the Ugandan government.
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