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KONY 2012: Interview with Invisible Children founders

Controversy surrounding Invisible Children’s intention has come up after the video they produced, KONY 2012, went viral.

The video highlights the mass murders, rapes, abuses and abductions committed by the L.R.A. or Lord’s Resistance army in central Africa.

Ben Keesey, the group’s chief executive said in an interview on “CNN Newsroom,” “There’s nothing to hide — Invisible Children has been transparent since 2004, when we started.”

“That’s our intention and we want to show that this campaign is part of a model and strategy that’s comprehensive.”

Jason Russell said he was surprised by some of the criticism about KONY 2012.

“I didn’t know there was that much tension,” he said.

A woman who was abducted by the LRA in 2001 named Evelyn Apoko hopes that the video could help bring Kony to justice. She faced three years in captivity under the L.R.A.

However, she worries about military campaigns against Kony that may bring more harm to children.

“It hurts a lot of young innocent kids,” she said. “They don’t know how to protect themselves.”

Joseph Kony has been operating in central Africa for two decades and is wanted for crimes against humanity by the international Criminal Court. Last October 2011, the U.S. sent combat troops on a mission to kill or capture Kony.

Invisible Children says their goal is to make Kony a familiar name in the hopes that the U.S. and other governments to keep searching for him. the group plans to put up posters of Kony in different cities.

According to Peter Pham, a civilian adviser to the military command that sent the U.S. troops, the film may set back their efforts to find Kony. They had been running covert missions to capture Kony and the attention may prompt Kony to move again.

Many urge people to view the video with caution stating that Invisible children has manipulated facts before. They feel that Invisible children’s founders–Bobby Bailey, Laren Pooke, and Jason Russell support the Ugandan government. A government riddled with accusations of rape and looting just like the L.R.A.

At this point, the best thing that came out of this video is that the world has become aware of the violence. And that standing up for human rights can be reached in the world stage.

The video became viral after celebrities including Bono, Angelina Jolie, jay Z, Ryan Seacrest and Rihanna started tweeting about it.

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