Kony 2012 Campaign Gains Hundreds of Supporters in WF

Kony 2012 Campaign Gains Hundreds of Supporters in WF

It's the charity campaign taking social media networks and the world by storm.  Kony 2012 is a 30-minute internet movie aimed at raising awareness about Joseph Kony, a radical military leader and the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.  Thousands of people are behind the cause, including hundreds here in Wichita Falls.
    The Kony 2012 campaign aims to take down Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.
    He's accused of murder, mutilations, rape and forcing more than 65-thousand children to fight for him.
    Jason Russell, producer of "Kony 2012", says, "Our model is three fold. The movie, the movement and the mission. And the mission is to end the war and rehabilitate these child soldiers."
    Josh Hoggard, a Kony 2012 local supporter, says, "I got on youtube and watched the video.  The video really, really moved me and it moved me to want to take action and get involved in the cause here in Wichita Falls."
    "They're organizing themselves in every city around the world. This is not an American movement. It's everywhere, literally. South Korea is saying, 'Okay we're ready we are putting up the posters'", Russell says.
    "What we're trying to do is to a) raise awareness, and b) use social media and things like that to let policy makers in Washington know that this is a cause that the American people care about," Hoggard says.
    Russell is asking thousands of people across the world to put up signs and posters on April 20, in hopes of bringing Kony and his alleged atrocities out of the shadows and into the public's view.
    "The cause is just and the cause is to free 5 and 6-year-old kids from either being turned into child soldiers or sex slaves.  And that is the cause.  And that is the reason behind what they're doing," Hoggard says.
    Kony and the LRA were driven out of northern Uganda in 2005 after 20 years of terror.
    It is now believed that he has only 200 or 300 fighters under his control.
    The effort is called "Kony 2012" because the goal is to catch Kony before the end of the year.
    Ugandan leaders announced Friday that thanks to the campaign, they're confident the government will be able to catch Joseph Kony, dead or alive.
    A facebook event called "Cover the Night Wichita Falls" had 620 members as of this afternoon.
    Here's a link to the event: http://www.facebook.com/events/126658317461621/
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