For many years the non-profit organization, Invisible Children, has been making efforts to fight against Joseph Kony and his army, the LRA, in Central Africa. Friday, April 20 marked a worldwide campaign to “make Kony famous” in order to gain awareness. The movement was called Cover the Night, where people were supposed to find creative ways to spread the word and use posters to cover their cities while everyone else slept.
“It was an interesting way of attempting to spread the word, but it may end up not being all that effective. I have known about Joseph Kony and have donated to organizations before to help put a stop to him in the past,” freshman Carl Treas said.
The controversy over Invisible Children and their movement started after the release of the KONY 2012 video on March 5 that quickly went viral. The 30 minute long film explained who Joseph Kony was, the plans Invisible Children had, and ways everyone could help to bring Kony to justice.
“I think people just supported it because if became a fad. It was just like something to talk about. I think the support has already died down because people just gave up with it,” junior Emily Palmer said.
The media coverage of KONY 2012 sparked new support but also harsh criticism. Everyone seemed to have an opinion and some students did not know which side to take while others picked theirs easily.
“I think the whole Cover The Night thing is pointless because there’s nothing we can or should do about Kony. It’s not our problem,” senior Jared Aleto said.
Even with all of the criticism over Invisible Children, students have signed the pledge and will continue to support KONY 2012’s efforts to stop Joseph Kony.
“I’ve supported Invisible Children for years and they’ll probably continue to do what they always have, try to help out the best they can,” Palmer said.