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Angelina Jolie gets behind Kony 2012 campaign

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Actress Angelina Jolie is the latest celebrity to support the Kony 2012 campaign, which calls for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony
Angelina Jolie gets behind Kony 2012 campaign
If you have yet to see the Kony 2012 campaign video, a product of the charity Invisible Children, you have probably been living under a rock. The 30 minute film was posted on YouTube last week and has since received almost 80 million views. The premise of the film is to draw awareness to the crimes committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, which include using child soldiers for the Lord’s Resistance army. Oscar-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Angelina Jolie has recently expressed praise for the video, which has been the topic of much debate since its release. "I've been to Uganda and Congo and been to the International criminal court myself … he's the one we all want to see in jail, so I think it's great that more people are talking about it,” Jolie said (The Guardian). "He's an extraordinarily horrible human being who, you know … his time has come and it's lovely to see that young people are raising up as well." Jolie added that she didn’t “know anyone who doesn’t hate Kony.” The actress was in fact targeted directly in the video, as one of the 20 “culturemakers” that the organization hoped would join them in calling for Kony’s arrest. Other famous figures targeted by the video include former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as a range of celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Justin Bieber. Since uploading the film, Invisible Children raised $5m US dollars in just 48 hours. Criticisms regarding the company have also been rife, due to the fact that the organization is not a not-for-profit one, and past financial statements indicate that only 32% of funds raised last year went towards services in Northern Uganda. Others have criticized the company’s calls for US military intervention in Uganda, after Invisible Children succeeded in convincing President Obama to send 100 US military troops to assist the Ugandan army in finding and arresting Kony. A blog which has been instrumental in raising questions about the Invisible Children organization and their Kony 2012 campaign is Visible Children. Not to be deterred, Invisible Children has attempted to respond to these criticisms on their website. You can find out more about the campaign at www.kony2012.com.

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