Cortazzo Defends Invisible Children and Kony 2012

Posted on March 29, 2012 by

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Joseph Kony.

Who is he? Where did he come from? What does this “Kony 2012” movement mean? What has this man done to generate such popularity?

Joseph Kony is the head of the group called the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). The LRA is a group made of radical theologians who force their ideals upon the people of Africa against their will. The LRA has been terrorizing and abducting children since their creation in 1986. The number of children abducted and “used” by the LRA is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

Kony has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands for his heinous crimes. He is currently listed as number one on the international most wanted list.

There have been attempts to capture Kony since the creation of the LRA. Although unsuccessful, the fight to find him continues. In 2008, President Bush signed a bill to assist the African forces in capturing Kony. Seventeen advisors were sent to provide intelligence, equipment, and fuel to the Ugandan Army.

Kony managed to escape his jungle camp when the Ugandan Army was close to capturing him. Reports show that over 100 children were saved from this camp.

In 2010, President Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Ugandan Recovery act. The act was intended to stop Kony and the LRA.

In 2012, Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to Central Africa. Their mission was to assist in the capture of Joseph Kony and stop the LRA. They are there to provide information and military assistance. The U.S. troops are not supposed to engage in combat unless it’s for self-defense.

Until recently, not many people knew anything of this whole situation even though it has been occurring for 26 years. At the beginning of March, Invisible Children (a non-profit organization geared at promoting the capture of Joseph Kony) made a film that is all over the Internet. Go to youtube.com and type in “Kony 2012” to see for yourself.

The time to stop Joseph Kony is now.

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