By Chandler Baker, staff writer
As the video reaches over 100 million hits this week, it is apparent that the Kony 2012 video has gone viral with Boulder High students.
“It’s amazing how fast information surges through the Internet. At first, I didn’t even know who Kony was, but then it seemed like every link attached to Facebook had his name on it,” sophomore Aidenn Vaillancourt said.
The video, produced by the American charity Invisible Children, which visited Boulder High last spring, aims to raise awareness about Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord who leads a group of rebels that he calls the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Through this exposure, the video encourages policy makers to take action to stop Kony.
The LRA has earned a reputation for their cruel and brutal tactics. When Kony found himself depleted of fighters, he started to abduct children to be soldiers in his army or “wives,” also known as sex slaves, for his soldiers. The LRA encourages rape, mutilation and the slaughter of civilians with blunt weapons.
“When I watched the video, it made me sick. If this was happening in America, it would surely be stopped by now,” sophomore Shea Donovan said.
The LRA is no longer active in Northern Uganda, but it continues to move on in other parts of Africa.