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(Neb.) - 'Cover the Night' hits Chadron

By: John Thayer Posted at: 04/21/2012 07:12 PM

CHADRON – Invisible Children’s campaign ‘Cover the Night’ hit Chadron Friday night and when residents woke up on Saturday posters were scattered all over town.

Some signs were hanging inside businesses, while other posters were taped to trees, light poles, signs and more.

The ‘Cover the Night’ event by the group Invisible Children is part of the organizations efforts to raise awareness of the crimes of Joseph Kony.

It has raised some questions from residents.

For those who don’t know Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. He is said to be responsible for ordering the abduction of children to become child sex slaves and child soldiers in Uganda. He has been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The campaign became an instant success after a 30-minute video was released, March 5, on YouTube. It has been viewed by more than 88 million people.

The video called for a canvassing campaign on April 20, like it did Friday night in Chadron. The goal of the video is to have Joseph Kony arrested by December 31, 2012, the date the campaign is set to expire on.

The group’s Facebook page has over 3 million “likes” and the Twitter feed is followed by some 400,000 individuals. The group also has a website with information.

The posters around Chadron Saturday ranged from the one pictured here, to one with the text “Our Liberty is bound together” and even one that had the republican and democratic symbols merging together that read “One thing we can all agree on”.

The goal for supporters of the groups is to make Joseph Kony so famous that folks in Washington D.C. will continue to support the idea of helping to capture him. So for one night the group covered cities all across the country to make sure people know the name Joseph Kony.

The campaign has raised concerns that the groups’ video is misleading and some will say they are leaving out information or are misinformed themselves.

Regardless of how you feel about “KONY 2012” it is a campaign that seems to be serving its purpose - make Joseph Kony known.

(Questions, Comments or Concerns with this story? Email john@chadrad.com)

(Copyright 2012 Chadrad Communications, Inc.)

 




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