Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, which has been labeled a terrorist group. Their mission is to bring down the Ugandan govenrment and put up a theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments.
The Lord's Resistance Army and Kony himself have been indicted for crimes against humanity for their actions. Among the crimes they were indicted for were the enslavement of up to 104,000 children, which they forcibly recruit for the LRA.
On top of that, many of the children's families were killed at the time the kids were adopted, leaving them with no choice but to go with Kony. The US has launched special forces to try to bring him down, but they haven't been successful yet.
While this has been going on for a while, a documentary called Kony 2012 aims to bring awareness to his crimes so he can be arrested in 2012. The video already has over 15 million views between Vimeo and YouTube and is spreading virally throughout social media.
Here's the documentary if you want to watch it, and be sure to tweet #Kony2012 and share it on Facebook if you want to bring awareness to this man's crimes.
The video and the campaign is not without controversy. Some say that Ugandan violence by the LRA has actually decreased, while others criticise the seemingly overnight attention to this man, when he's been loose for multiple years. Nevertheless, whatever your stance, it's a pretty interesting case study in how something can spread like wildfire on the internet in a short few days. What do you think?