WHAT IS KONY?
More like who is Kony.
For the 29 minutes and 59 second version, check out this video. If you don’t have 29 minutes right now, I encourage you to go back and watch it when you do have more time. It’s pretty powerful stuff.
At the risk of falling to the same criticism Invisible Children received about their video over simplifying the issue, I will try to sum it up as best I can in the amount of space I have.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which began in Uganda and has spread throughout Africa. The LRA has been fighting for over two decades under the leadership of Kony, who claims to be a spokesman for God.
According to an article written in the BBC, Kony “has created an aura of fear and mysticism around himself and his rebels follow strict rules and rituals.”
This sounds a lot like the fear President Snow instilled in the people of Panem, eh? If you don’t consider the actual Hunger Games a strict rule and ritual, I don’t know what is.
Kony and his army have kidnapped over 60,000 children and forced them to fight in the LRA. The children are forced to kill their friends and family while serving in the army. Those who disobey have their body parts cut off, or are killed. The image to left is from the BBC article linked above; it highlights a victim of the LRA. She had her lips, ears, and nose cut of at the hands of Kony’s soldiers.
In certain cases, President Snow has Capitol offenders punished by cutting off their tongues, so they can never speak again.
The University of British Columbia has tried to put together a more comprehensive list of the injustice and horrors the LRA has spread across parts of Africa.