By The Grio
WASHINGTON (AP) — The voices demanding that Congress stop the brutality of African warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army belong to America’s children.
Just ask their parents.
“All three of my kids, in different context and different times, said, ‘So what are you doing about Joseph Kony and the LRA?'” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said in a recent interview. Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations African affairs subcommittee, is father to twins Michael and Jack, 12, and Maggie, 11.
“Mom, you have to watch this video,” Mary Shannon, the 14-year-old daughter of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., insisted during a break from school. “It’s about Joseph Kony.”
Coons and Landrieu know all too well about Kony. The two senators have traveled to Africa and have heard firsthand about the killings and child abductions of tens of thousands in Central Africa, the young boys forced to fight as soldiers, the girls turned into sex slaves.
Today, the lawmakers’ children, and millions of others in the United States and around the world, are almost as well-versed about Kony’s 26-year reign of terror. A 30-minute video by the advocacy group Invisible Children to raise public awareness about the guerrilla group exploded on the Internet after its early March release. The Kony2012 video has been viewed by some 100 million on YouTube and shared on Facebook and Twitter.
“There’s 100 million people who know the name of a war criminal now that didn’t necessarily before, and that’s a good thing,” actor and activist George Clooney, who is part of a video on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, said in a recent interview.
The confluence of a compelling film focused on the fate of children, the power of social media to spread information instantaneously and an unprecedented global connection has turned Kony into a household name. High school and middle school students — some as young as 10, the same age as some of the LRA’s victims — are outraged that children are suffering.
BLAM Fam what are your thoughts? Is it our responsibility to bring light to and give aid to injustices wherever they may be? Should we stop meddling in the business of other countries? Your thoughts?
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