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Viral Kony video praised and criticised in Uganda

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Viral Kony video praised and criticised in Uganda


The hugely successful video made by the advocacy group Invisible Children on the atrocities carried out in Uganda by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army has drawn praise but also criticism.

The video, seen by over 50 million people, has been described as simplistic by some in Uganda, while the government has vowed to bring the infamous warlord to justice.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, said: “Kony is not killing people in Paris or New York. Kony is killing people in the Central African Republic and no one cares about them. These young people from California, mobilising this effort is incredible.”

Kony’s LRA are notorious for hacking body parts off victims, abducting boys to fight and girls to work as sex slaves. Kony was pushed out of Uganda in 2005 and after many attempts to hunt him down in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan, he remains at large.

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