Until this week, most Americans were blissfully unaware of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa. A YouTube and Twitter campaign using the hashtag #StopKony2012 has focused the world on Kony's many atrocities, not the least of which has been the abduction of over 60,000 children since 1987.
Musicians worldwide have started aligning themselves with the cause. According to the advocacy group Invisible Children, Kony has forced the abducted children to commit unspeakable war crimes, an accusation that many find difficult to bear.
“At the end of my life, I want to say that the world we’ve left behind is … a place where children, no matter where they live, can have a childhood free from fear,” said Taylor Swift after hearing about the recent Kony publicity.
“You must all see this!!!! NOW if u dont know what #StopKONY2012 is about, watch this,” said P. Diddy.
Even noted tough guy Justin Bieber is getting in on the act, tweeting: “It is time to make him known. I’m calling on ALL MY FANS, FRIENDS, and FAMILY to come together and #STOPKONY.”
Invisible Children, the group behind the recent outrage, “uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity."
"Be the Change you want to see," former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum tweeted. "It is possible!!! 45 million people have watched kony2012.com keep it going…"
"What Joseph Kony does is horrific," said Ann Wilson of Heart. "He is a monster who must be stopped in the crusade against human slavery. The children of this world are it's future, and if the world is to be saved so must they be saved from this poisonous, insane madman."
If you'd like to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, watch the video below. At press time, the half hour video had already been viewed 56 million times.