The first video went viral in early March and accused Joseph Kony of being a Ugandan warlord that kidnaps children and forces them to serve as soldiers for his army. Since its release, the video garnered more than 86 million views and made headlines across the nation.
“For the first time in history, the people of the world can see each other and want to protect each other and this changes everything,” says the narrator in the new video. “This is why we made Kony 2012, and one month later we are releasing this film to explain the creation of the campaign, the progress that has already been made and what we can all do now to support the ongoing efforts.”
The new video gives more details than the first, which has been criticized for simplifying the situation and highlighting Uganda where Kony is no longer based. Invisible Children is also being accused of leaving out other kidnappings and killings other groups and government forces are taking part in.
It also features more voices from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is currently based, as well as a comprehensive approach to stopping Kony including civilian protection, arresting Kony, urging a peaceful surrender and providing rehabilitation centers in post-conflict areas, according to Huffington Post.
The second video also includes more details about the April Kony 2012 event that is being pushed. As we’ve previously reported, in the following days after the first video went viral, Americans were urged to go to the streets of their city and “Cover The Night” with Kony posters on April 20 through various social media outlets.
“On April 20th, we will take the next step in the global movement to finally bring an end to LRA atrocities. We will move the conversation from the digital to the physical world, where this conflict is happening, and where real change can be made. We will earn the right to be heard by our national and global leaders by serving our local communities. And above all, we will prove that our liberty is bound together,” reads the Kony website.
Check it out. What do you think?