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Invisible Children: Kony 2014, Two Years On and Little Has Changed

Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Invisible Children: Kony 2014, Two Years On and Little Has Changed

Joseph KonyOne of our most popular posts has been Kony 2012, based on the documentary film and campaign to oust Joseph Kony from Uganda.

On October 6, 2005, the International Criminal Court – ICC – announced that arrest warrants had been issued for five members of the Lord’s Resistance Army for crimes against humanity following a sealed indictment. The Ugandan defense minister Amama Mbabazi revealed that the warrants included Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti, and LRA commanders Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odiambo, and Dominic Ongwen.

The Film Kony 2012, a campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children aimed to make Joseph Kony infamous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest… to set a precedent for international justice”.

Two years on and little has changed, the talk continues and so does Joseph Kony’s lawlessness ::::
Invisible Children: Kony 2012
The Kony 2012 campaign was intended to “take over every street corner on the planet”. From Korean celebrities the Super Junior‘s to Ellen DeGeneres and George Clooney, the world seemed to be against Kony.

In the US on April 3, 2013, the Obama administration offered rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer or conviction of Kony, Ongwen and Odhiambo, yet they remain at-large?

Now the US President has announced he’s sending about 150 Special Operations troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

The deployments started on Sunday night after the administration began to notify Congress. The decision was first reported by The Washington Post, and later confirmed by the Defense Department.

In the first deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Uganda to help locate Kony, at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in the country by midweek, together with refueling planes and Special Operations forces airmen to fly and maintain them, the Pentagon said.

U.S. personnel were authorized to “provide information, advice and assistance” to an African Union force tracking Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, the Post reported.

“While combat-equipped, they are prohibited from engaging LRA forces unless in self-defense,” it said.

The Ospreys, which can take off and land vertically, are capable of ferrying 24 troops and their gear. They are expected to help African Union forces respond more quickly to tips on Kony’s whereabouts, the Pentagon said.

A 5,000-strong AU Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

LRA fighters, who emerged in northern Uganda in the late 1980s, are known for using extreme violence, including chopping off limbs as a form of punishment, as well as raping young girls and abducting them for use as sex slaves.

The Post quoted administration officials as saying the deployment did not signal the White House was weakening its criticism of new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.

Since last month’s enactment of the anti-gay legislation, Washington has said it is reviewing its relationship with Uganda’s government.

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First up, I have to admit that my knowledge of Kony 2012 comes from a child, a 15 year old girl. This daughter of a buddy pulled oblog faces, spouted strange sounds,  berated me in bafflement that I’d never heard of Kony 2012. Her advice, go to your computer, watch Kony 2012 on YouTube. Ok young lady, I now get why Kony 2012 has gone viral! :: Read the full article »»»»

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source: www.invisiblechildren.com
source: reuters
source: www.foreignaffairs.com
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