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Campaign against Kony goes viral

Kony 2012, a 30-minute film created by a US-based non-government organisation, Invisible Children, has become an online rage, clocking more than 59 million views on YouTube.

entertainment Updated: Mar 11, 2012 00:58 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Kony 2012, a 30-minute film created by a US-based non-government organisation, Invisible Children, has become an online rage, clocking more than 59 million views on YouTube. The video aims to make people aware of the atrocities carried out by Uganda based, guerrilla militant, Joseph Kony, and raise support for his arrest.

The film alleges that he has abducted over 30,000 children in the past 26 years and forced them into sex slavery or terrorist activities.

Though the film has been criticised by certain groups, it did manage to get a thumbs up from celebrities, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Microsoft chief Bill Gates and pop singer Justin Bieber, who showed their support on Twitter.

Supporters across the globe have pledged to cover their cities with posters on April 20 to draw attention to Kony’s crimes.

First Published: Mar 10, 2012 16:14 IST

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