Kony campaign goes viral

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.

Find out more with the following back issues of the Africa Research Bulletin

US Backs LRA Hunt (Political, Social and Cultural Series, Vol 48 no 10) 

Uganda: Increased Defence Budget (Political, Social and Cultural Series, Vol 48 no 8) 

DR Congo. LRA Killings.  P 18912c (Political, Social and Cultural Series, Vol 48 no 7) 

Child Soldier Recruitment Continues (Political, Social and Cultural Series, Vol 48 no 4) 

LRA Attack (Political, Social and Cultural Series, Vol 48 no 3) 

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