The Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony was today the subject of intense discussion on social media sites around the world.
The notorious Ugandan rebel leader became a Twitter trending topic on wednesday, meaning he was one of the most talked about subjects on the social media site. Using the hashtag ‘#kony12’, users shared and commented on a video produced by the charity Invisible Children, whose aim, they say, is “to make Joseph Kony famous…[and] to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”
Invisible Children are primarily seeking to raise awareness of Kony’s use of child soldiers.
As we blogged back in January, US president Barack Obama has pledged 100 American special forces soldiers to Kampala to help Uganda track down the LRA chief. However, analysts have questioned the effectiveness of the US intervention to help catch the LRA. ‘Kony Eludes US Troops’ was the headline in Uganda’s Daily Monitor.
UPDATE: The UK’s Guardian newspaper has been examining the response to Invisible Children’s video , and asking whether criticism of the charity is fair.
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