Monday, March 26, 2012

The Lord's Resistance army leader, Joseph Kony, pictured in 2006. Photograph: Stuart Price/AP

With the recent exposure of what has emerged to be the most barbaric war crimes in the world history, Joseph Kony, the condemned rebel fighter accused for his atrocious crimes against humanity, has finally made news. 
The most attention seeking discovery of 2012 is Joseph Kony, who is known for abducting children as young as eight and turning them into soldiers and sex slaves. The atrocities of the most notorious warlord in Ugandan history came to light after Jason Russell made a movie, show casing Kony's cruel war crimes. The movie aims to make Kony famous not to celebrate him but to raise awareness about his wrong doings, so that he could be punished for abuse of human rights.
In a bid to run Uganda according to the biblical Ten Commandments, Kony created his own army of young rebels and called them the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Claiming he could talk to the Holy Spirit, Kony insisted the angels wanted him to launch a Christian movement, with which he could rule the country in biblical terms.      

The film has been an instant viral success, dominating Twitter worldwide and having one of the fastest ever take-offs on You Tube.

Jason Russell the director Stop Kony 2012 is said to have been inspired by the plight of a young rebel fighter -Jacob, who witnessed the brutal murder of his elder brother. Disturbing facts about the heinous war crimes were brought to light through the movie, which lead to a major public outcry.
The film aims to provide justice to Jacob and other rebel fighters like him, who were forced into killing and man slaughter. The movie that came out on one of the biggest video sharing site, YouTube, has received approximately 84,000,000 views.
Efforts to provide security to the people of Uganda have been going on for a very long time. The US army sent a group of counter terrorist professionals to provide special training to the Ugandan military. Medical aid and high tech gadgets were also provided to curb the increasing force of Joseph Kony. Though the efforts helped in scattering the joint force of the rebel group, it failed to completely stop the rebel army from committing further war crimes.
The movie Stop Kony is making waves all around the world, with students, social activists, celebrities, and even prominent policy makers striving hard to bring Jacob and many other young rebel fighters like him to justice, as promised.
By Fathima Layeek

The writer is a final year journalism student at Manipal University, Dubai

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