United States President Barack Obama announced his intent to “bring this madman to justice,” in regards to African warlord Joseph Kony who was recently highlighted in a viral video named Kony 2012.
Obama told listeners at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that the United States will continue to assist Uganda and other governments in the pursuit of all members of the Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. His announcement comes after roughly 100 members of the U.S. special forces were dispatched to aid Uganda in combating and capturing the vicious warlord and his cronies.
A second video released by Invisible Children, titled Kony 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous, did not receive nearly as much attention as the original as it pulled just under 2 million views on YouTube, while the original has been viewed over 88 million times since it was released roughly one month ago.
After Invisible Children’s initial video went viral, capturing and bringing LRA leader Joseph Kony to justice has received widespread support from civilians and politicians alike. Obama was quoted by USA Today having said:
“It’s part of our regional strategy to end the scourge that is the LRA and help realize a future where no African child is stolen from their family and no girl is raped and no boy is turned into a child soldier.”
Kony 2012 depicts a number of atrocities which Joseph and his Lord’s Resistance Army have allegedly commit, including kidnapping children to use as soldiers and prostitutes, and as a result, the people of the world demand justice.
Joseph has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2005 after being indicted on crimes against humanity and war crimes. He has since managed to evade capture. The LRA operates in Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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