By Angela Ho, Grade 11
Less than a month ago, the global community was hit with an online activist campaign video that went viral in just a few days, attracting more than 70 million viewers. Kony 2012 successfully promoted Invisible Children Inc.’s ‘Stop Kony’ campaign, which urges the capture of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and—according to Invisible Children—the world’s most wanted war criminal. Having operated in Uganda, the LRA is now active in South Sudan, Congo, and Central Africa. It is responsible for many of the horrific war crimes that have taken place over the last 20 years, and to say that many lives have been affected would be an understatement. It’s true: Joseph Kony is a pretty nasty guy, but the way that this situation is presented by Invisible Children Inc. is what I consider a cleverly orchestrated piece of propaganda.