Kony 2012 is a film made by an organisation called Invisible Children. The film was released on YouTube three days ago and since then, has been viewed over seven million (UPDATE: amazingly there has been an additional six million more views in the past four hours) times. Kony 2012 has also been the number one trend on twitter for the past 30 hours. The aim of the film is to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and to set a precedent for international justice.
Joseph Kony is the leader of an Ugandan rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). In 2005, he was #1 on the International Criminal Courts world’s worst criminals list. For 26 years, the LRA has been kidnapping children; turning the females into sex slaves and the boys into child soldiers. Numbers suggest that in this time, there has not just been a few kidnappings, but over 30,000 children have been kidnapped by the LRA.
Do you think a campaign like Kony 2012 will bring international war criminals to justice? Should the Australian armed forces step in and help out or is it not our fight?