It was a video that received over a million views every hour. A video that took Facebook and Twitter by storm; one that proved the power of social media. KONY 2012 will go down in history, whether you saw it as good or bad. Critics claimed that Invisible Children, the not-for-profit organization behind the film, was bending the facts and in it for their own good. Whatever you may believe, the viral video made its mark.
The power of social media is undeniable and in today’s world, there isn’t much that goes under the radar. People who once never knew what truly existed in the world are fighting for their own rights. Inherent rights that are meant to be protected and defended by governments that cover our globe. In 2005, there was a unanimous decision by the United Nations to put the Responsibility to Protect initiative into effect, which would protect these inherent rights. But often times, this doesn’t always happen.
Invisible Children and KONY 2012 is a modern-day example of a group fighting for these rights. We sit here on our computers day by day, doing what we must or please, but we cannot deny the fact that there is injustice in this world. The atrocities in Uganda and its surrounding areas is a norm, one we are not familiar with. Regardless of what you may believe about KONY 2012, the fact is people are now aware. Today, Invisible Children released Part II of their Kony awareness initiative.
“KONY 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous” gives more incite on how it all started. It dives into the organization’s infancy stages and you see how the individuals behind the film first came to the realization of the Ugandan struggles with Joseph Kony. You see how they first made a commitment to the people of Uganda and follow them through the years that lead up to this day. Initially it began with simple presentations at various middle schools and high schools. Now, today, it’s full fledge. People have taken notice.
As a result of this campaign, many favorable outcomes have risen. Resolutions in Congress have been signed. A force of 5,000 soldiers has been assembled and designated to track down Joseph Kony. Even a comprehensive approach has been designed to help the people of Uganda protect themselves from LRA invasions. See what you think, and check out the newest addition to the KONY portfolio.