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#1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

Watch the entire video. 30 minutes of your time, well worth it.

Share it on Facebook, make it trend on Twitter, whatever.
But don't ignore it.

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A history of Africa's longest-running armed conflict

In 1986, Yoweri Museveni gained the presidency of Uganda. Alice Lakwena, a woman from the Acholi tribe in northern Uganda started the Holy Spirit Movement (HSM) in opposition. The group recruited followers and forged alliances with rebel militias with the intent of entering Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, and freeing the north from government oppression. The Holy Spirit Movement had regional support, but regional support only. When Alice Lakwena was exiled, there was no obvious person to take over leadership of the Holy Spirit Movement.

Joseph Kony


Joseph Kony claimed to be a distant cousin of Alice Lakwena’s and the natural successor to lead the Holy Spirit Movement. Soon after Joseph Kony assumed management of the group, he changed the name to the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Joseph Kony wasn’t able to maintain the group's number or regional support, so he started stealing food and abducting children to fill the ranks of his army. Subsequently, he lost any remaining regional support. What had started out as a rebel movement to end the oppression of the north became an oppression of the north in itself.

Joseph Kony’s tactics were—and remain—brutal. He often forced children to kill their parents or siblings with machetes or blunt tools. He abducted girls to be sex slaves for his officers. He brainwashed and indoctrinated the children with his lies and manipulated them with his claim of spiritual powers.

At the height of the conflict in Uganda, children “night commuted.” That is, every evening they would walk miles from their homes to the city centers. There, hundreds of children would sleep in school houses, churches, or bus depots to avoid abduction by the LRA.

Kony and the LRA abducted more than 30,000 children in northern Uganda.

IDP camps

Starting in 1996, the Ugandan government, unable to stop the LRA, required the people of northern Uganda to leave their villages and enter government-run camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). These camps were supposedly created for the safety of the people, but the camps were rife with disease and violence. At the height of the conflict, 1.7 million people lived in these camps across the region. The conditions were squalid and there was no way to make a living. Thus a generation of Acholi people was born and raised in these camps.
The ICC indicts five LRA commanders

In 2005 the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Joseph Kony and four of his top commanders: Dominic Ongwen, Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo, and Vincent Otti. Of those, only Kony, Ongwen, and Odhiambo remain at large. Raska Lukwiya was killed in combat with the UPDF in August 2006 and Vincent Otti was killed by Kony in November 2007—reportedly for wanting Kony to sign the peace agreement, a stance that Kony considered a betrayal.

Juba Peace Talks

In 2006 the LRA indicated an interest in peace negotiations. They were held in Juba, Sudan (now South Sudan), and dubbed the Juba Peace Talks. Meanwhile the LRA set up camp in Garamba National Park in northeastern Congo. In August of 2006 a Cessation of Hostilities agreement was signed by the LRA and the government of Uganda.

The talks took place over the course of two years. Joseph Kony sent a delegation to negotiate on his behalf, but when the Final Peace Agreement was ready to be signed, Joseph Kony failed to show up—five times.

Throughout the peace talks, and in retrospect, it is suspected that Joseph Kony never intended to sign the Final Peace Agreement. Instead, he possibly entered peace talks as a means of resting and regrouping. The entire time that the LRA was involved in peace talks they were provided with food, clothing, and medicine as a gesture of good faith. It now seems that the LRA was gathering its strength and stockpiling food.

There is also significant evidence that Kony ordered his fighters to attack villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the Peace Talks.
Operation Lightning Thunder and the Christmas Massacres

In December 2008, when it became clear that Kony wasn’t going to sign the agreement, Operation Lightning Thunder was launched. It was the coordinated effort of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Sudan, with intelligence and logistical support from the United States.

The operation failed. Joseph Kony somehow learned of the attack in the hours before the air-raid and so he was able to escape. In retribution for the attempted attack, the LRA, led by ICC-indictee Dominic Ongwen, attacked villages in the DRC on December 24, 2008, killing 865 civilians and abducting 160 more over the course of 2 weeks. The LRA fighters were reportedly instructed to target churches, where people would be gathered with their families for Christmas Eve services.

A year later the LRA reprised the Christmas massacres in the Makombo region in northeastern Congo as a reminder of its powers of destruction. These attacks took place over 5 days, from December 14-18, 2009. This time they killed 321 people and abducted 250.

Because of the remote region of the Makombo massacres in December 2009, the outside world knew nothing about the attacks until 3 months later. Human Rights Watch broke the news on March 28, 2010.

The LRA today

The LRA left Uganda for good once the Juba Peace Talks began in 2006. Since 2008, they have carried out their attacks in the border regions of northeastern Congo, South Sudan, and Central African Republic.

See the The LRA Crisis Tracker for information about LRA activity since December 2009.
How we make a difference

Half our work happens on the ground in Central Africa, and the other half happens in the United States.

In Central Africa, all of our programming is a partnership between Invisible Children and LRA-affected communities. We focus on long-term goals that enable children to take responsibility for their futures and the futures of their countries. Our programs are carefully developed initiatives that address the need for quality education, mentorships, the redevelopment of schools, and financial stability. In areas where the LRA is still active, we focus on civilian protection and rehabilitation.

Our work in the United States focuses on advocacy and inspiring America’s youth to “do more than just watch.” We believe that by uniting our voices we can use the systems, influence, and resources of the United States to expedite an end to the conflict.

We implement and maintain education programs and economic initiatives on the ground in Central Africa. Recovering communities require stability when it comes to education and economic initiatives, but the ever-changing conflict demands innovative solutions and quick mobilization. Our initiatiatives attempt to meet the region's need for both stability and flexibility
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by 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.

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#4
I support the watching of this video. If the US had to intervene anywhere...
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#5
I just watched this video on facebook and was about to do the same thing you are. I'm happy that this thing is getting around like this ahha.
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#7
Message all of the moderators. Get this stickied.

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#8
I will humor you, Butters, and listen to this.

Even though the narrator does not have a voice for narration.
#10
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I've seen this everywhere, but 30 minutes is a long time.
Anyone care to summarise?

Just watch it, man. 30 minutes will feel completely insignificant after you do.
#11
Somethin to do with new york? must be irrelevant.
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Somethin to do with new york? must be irrelevant.

It really isn't. Watch it.

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#13
that awkward moment when you have the same name as the kid in the video

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#14
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It really isn't. Watch it.

I don't even know why I posted that, I meant to say it'd probably help if the OP had something in it about what it is/why to watch it if you really want people to watch it. (will watch later because I'm now really curious...)
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#15
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that awkward moment when you have the same name as the kid in the video


Your name is Joseph Kony?

Srs though this video is well worth watching.
#16
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Your name is Joseph Kony?

that awkward moment when you have the same name as the kid in the video

derp

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#17
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I support the watching of this video. If the US had to intervene anywhere...


Technically, they are. There are a hundred US soldiers in Uganda atm helping the government hunt down the LRA.
#18
What's it about?
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#19
Thirty minutes? This is the Pit, Wyvern. Be reasonable.
OT: Invisible Children did a presentation at my school a few months ago and it opened my eyes to what's going on over there. Horrendous.
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Thanks! Really improves the quality of the thread

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#22
People moaning about having to watch a video for 30 mins about stopping a war criminal?!

**** people.
#23
This is definitely the sort of video that should be going viral.
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#24
I like the use of "Who's Gon Stop Me" at the end.

I'll share this as much as I can. Inspiring as fuck, TS.

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#25
I approve of this, you done good Wyvern.

Watch the video people, it is well worth it.
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#26
Top trending on Twitter in the UK. Good stuff.
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Ahh had a feeling thats what this was about.

I'll probably watch this a little later, will probably share it on facebook too
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#31
It's 30 minutes, and this is the Pit, everyone knows that, but everyone also knows that the Pit is a place with intelligent, reasonable and sympathetic people that cares about this type of stuff, thanks for sharing this since I haven't seen it, and I will spread the word.
#32
We had some presenters including a woman from Africa come to our school and show a movie and give a little lecture about this earlier this year. Terrible stuff going on over there, glad to see the word is getting around
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#33
Didn't Obama send a hundred military advisers over there last year? Chirst that guy is a slippery mother****er.

Didn't watch the vid
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#34
I don't understand?
So if we share the video, we'll make Joseph Kony more famous therefore alerting more attention to the crimes that he has done.. But clearly this is already known if 100 troops from the US are over there currently, Which they have no right to kill anyone (unless self defence).

So whats the point in this? They obviously have no intentions of taking out Kony, they just are passing information on if they find any out, which is fair enough.

I saw on the video that they are rebuilding Schools and helping with education etc. But this shouldn't be the immediate target? surely stopping Kony must be number one
#35
I watched it. Its interesting at that and its something the majority of the world understands, but doesn't understand at the same time. Ive never heard of that man in my life, but ive known if child armies, and rapes to breed these armies for rebel prosperity in Africa.

Im going to try this. Im not one to particpate in world changing activities and im very cynical and pessimistic when it comes to the greater good of things.

I always tell myself... "at least im not in Africa" when life is down.

But I want to try. I want to see what can happen if I take 10 minutes out my life on easy days to create a public awareness. Win or lose at least I tried to do something. **** it...
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#36
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I don't understand?
So if we share the video, we'll make Joseph Kony more famous therefore alerting more attention to the crimes that he has done.. But clearly this is already known if 100 troops from the US are over there currently, Which they have no right to kill anyone (unless self defence).

So whats the point in this? They obviously have no intentions of taking out Kony, they just are passing information on if they find any out, which is fair enough.

I saw on the video that they are rebuilding Schools and helping with education etc. But this shouldn't be the immediate target? surely stopping Kony must be number one

Stopping Kony IS number 1, hence the video. The more people know about it, the more pressure that is on Governments around the world to intervene with more than just 100 or so troops.
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#37
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I watched it. Its interesting at that and its something the majority of the world understands, but doesn't understand at the same time. Ive never heard of that man in my life, but ive known if child armies, and rapes to breed these armies for rebel prosperity in Africa.

Im going to try this. Im not one to particpate in world changing activities and im very cynical and pessimistic when it comes to the greater good of things.

I always tell myself... "at least im not in Africa" when life is down.

But I want to try. I want to see what can happen if I take 10 minutes out my life on easy days to create a public awareness. Win or lose at least I tried to do something. **** it...


Best thing I've read all day, imagine if everyone in the world thought exactly like this, do you think things would be better? I think so, also it's good to help people a community or whatever even if it's through something that seems insignificant since at least someone is helping them and have not forgotten about them.
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Stopping Kony IS number 1, hence the video. The more people know about it, the more pressure that is on Governments around the world to intervene with more than just 100 or so troops.


but dude, isn't this how wars start?

I'm obviously all for the army going in and blowing his head off, but i think that sharing a video to FORCE a country to go and kill someone is ridiculous!
#39
Alright, ima watch it, but I'm suing you all for the amount of 30 minutes if I don't find it worthy.
edit: wow, that was great, gj for sharing it TS.
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but dude, isn't this how wars start?

I'm obviously all for the army going in and blowing his head off, but i think that sharing a video to FORCE a country to go and kill someone is ridiculous!

what?

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