Kony 2012 hits home for Austin College student

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

SHERMAN, TX-- The "Kony 2012," 30 minute documentary, hit the web on Monday, with more than 55 million Youtube views and counting. The video was made by the advocacy group, Invisible Children.

The video said "It's only purpose is to stop the rebel group, the LRA and there leader Joseph Kony, and I'm about to tell you exactly how we are going to do it."

The video encourages people, to make the war criminal famous and pressure world leaders to arrest Kony.

A local Austin College student, Samantha Matulis, already knows who Kony is. She has worked with ex-child soldiers and Invisible Children, and has even met one of Kony's older brothers.

"Gerald (Kony) was very different from what, I assume, Joseph Kony to be. He is very soft spoken, I asked him if he felt any guilt about what his brother has done and he definitely seemed very remorseful," Matulis said.

Bryan Botello, an international studies major, said its been a big discussion on campus.

"People are very excited that this issue, this type of issue is at the forefront of American culture right now. However, there has been some criticisms that this, with this particular issue, that it's too late. Because in Uganda in particular the Lord's Resistant Army has been mostly pushed out into neighboring countries," Botello explained.

Leaders in Uganda, said the video is more for looks, and skips over the countries long history. Public records show that only about a third of the organizations money goes towards the direct cause.

But, Mautlis said Invisible Children is more than just a video.

"It's bringing light to an issue that a ton of people don't know about. So if invisible children is bringing light to that, I don't think there is any room to criticize as harshly as I've heard."

To view Kony 2012-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc


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