It’s more than an obvious fact that the continent of Africa is a very war-ridden place. Perhaps one of the greatest conflicts in this corner of the world would be against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Led by Joseph Kony since 1987, this group has wreaked violence in northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic, and south Sudan. In its twenty-six year history, the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children, inducting them into this sadistic movement. In addition to displacing at least 2.1 million people.
For the past nine years, Invisible Children has been working to end Africa’s longest-running war struggle. They are supporting military advisors in Central Africa who are on a mission to capture Joseph Kony, hopefully within this year. In addition, Invisible Children are making efforts to make Joseph Kony known as the worst war criminal and that U.S. and international efforts to stop Kony are bolstered with a more comprehensive strategy for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. With this campaign, they aim to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Many cultural and political icons like Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Tebow, John Kerry, Mitt Romney, and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton even back Invisible Children’s causes in this endeavor.
The Invisible Children website manages the best resources for supporting and following Kony 2012. Of particular interest is the LRA Crisis Tracker, a real-time mapping platform and data collection system created to bring an unprecedented level of transparencies to the atrocities of the LRA. This page includes tickertape updates on recent attacks, a map of Central Africa that pinpoints their activities, current statistics, video reports, and feeds for Facebook and Twitter. This data is collected by non-government organizations, regional actors, and daily community broadcasts linked to Invisible Children’s Early Warning System. The LRA Crisis Tracker is also available as an iPhone or iPad application.
Invisible Children wants to make this crisis known on an international level. Through film, creativity, and social action they work to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and to restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity. Join the petition, and follow this movement through your social network to support Invisible Children in ending Africa’s biggest rebel conflict.