Seemingly overnight, Joseph Kony has gained international notoriety. Thanks to a short documentary, “Kony 2012” produced by Invisible Children, the world is on the hunt for Kony. He’s on the run from his own government, but he’s become a household name. After just a few days, the movie has gone completely viral, amassing over thirty-six million views – and counting. Invisible Children is trying to raise support for his arrest by calling on celebrities and policymakers to demand justice worldwide.
Joseph Kony has created an army of terror in Uganda. He kidnaps young children from their homes and puts guns in their hands. They are forced to kill their own parents. The touching video features a young man named Jacob, whose brother was killed in front of him by the army.
The movement has come to Coronado. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are flooded with posts, photos, and videos about stopping Kony. Plans for events like Blanket the Night – where supporters of Invisible Children will post hundreds of thousands of posters (not all in Coronado!) all over city streets on the night of April 20th – are well underway in cities around the country, as well as Coronado. CHS freshman class president Xander Norman has joined the cause in his own way – he’s creating a documentary about Blanket the Night.
“I watched the video by Invisible Children and was really inspired. I’ve always liked filmmaking anyway, so I thought it would be a perfect way to help,” says Xander, who enjoys the technical side of making movies. Xander’s documentary will include videos from Blanket the Night events all over the world. “I hope to meet or encounter some people with similar interests, and learn more about what it takes to unite people and pull a project like this together.” Together - within our community as well as globally - we can make a huge change in the lives of many children.
For more information, watch Xander’s video below.
The video that started it all:
To donate or get involved, visit Invisible Children's website here.
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