Two Representatives Introduced a Resolution on Joseph Kony

According to CBS News, two lawmakers introduced a resolution on Tuesday to counter Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army amidst a KONY 2012 video that generated over 70 million views on YouTube.

“The resolution introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. and Ed Royce, R-Calif., calls for, among other things, expanding the number of regional forces in Africa to protect civilians and placing restrictions on individuals or governments found to be supporting Kony,” according to the article.

Since the video went viral, Invisible Children, the company that created KONY 2012, gained a lot of scrutiny for their budget expenditures and program implementations.

McGovern and Royce are the two representatives who helped pass The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which led President Obama to send 100 U.S. troops to Central Africa in an attempt to find Kony, who is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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The fact that these two representatives have used the sudden interest in Kony as a way to maximize efforts to stop Kony is great! It is this sudden spark of interest in the Kony matter that will enable the government and subsequent agencies to bring about change and finally capture him.

For decades, many countries have been using child soldiers as a tool of war. By holding Kony, a leader of the LRA who has committed grave crimes against humanity and war crimes, accountable, it will only strengthen the international’s commitment to stopping the use of child soldiers. Hopefully it will also deter other countries, primarily in Africa and parts of Asia, from using them.

This video has only been an agent of good. It has sparked change and educated the people. Whatever the reason Invisible Children had for airing the video, I do not care. It has created conversation and brought to light a grave injustice- and that is good enough for me.

Related article: Politico

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to Two Representatives Introduced a Resolution on Joseph Kony

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