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A major hard hitting ‘international justice’ internet campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children has made a massive push through several social networks.

Their movement, KONY 2012, is raising over four million times on Facebook. KONY aims to tell people about the alleged war crimes committed by Ugandan military group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) under the leadership of Joseph Kony.

The campaign is aiming ‘not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice’.

The International Criminal Court wants Kony on 33 separate criminal charges, including 12 counts of crimes against humanity as of 2005.

Other charges that he is wanted for include murder, enslavement and rape, while the US has named Kony as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists after being on the run for over 26 years.

Kony is also believe to have ordered the abduction of an estimated 66,000 children, forcing them to become child soldiers or sex slaves.

On Wednesday ‘KONY 2012’ and ‘Invisible Children’ were trending worldwide on Twitter, with the group’s 30-minute documentary being retweeted thousands of time.

The documentary shows war-torn Uganda through the eyes of Jacob, a former LRA child soldier.

A series of celebrities, including Nicole Richie, Stephen Fry and Rihanna, have tweeted about the subject, with latter writing: ‘#KONY2012 Spread the word!!!’

The overwhelming interest in the movement, caused the group’s website to crash following a huge upsurge in traffic.

Users can sign a petition to support the international effort to arrest Kony at www.invisiblechildren.com

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  • This is not the first time that the US has sent advisers to Uganda to help kill or cartupe Joseph Kony and the LRA. Bush did the same thing in 2008, to disastrous results, and was at the peak of the surge in Iraq. So why all the whining now? Kony and the LRA are responsible for the brutal death os abougt 100,000 innocent people when he rampaged in northern Uganda from 1986 to 2006, then fled after Sudan stopped giving him arms. Now he’s has killed about 1,000 people in central Africa and abducted nearly 1,500 children, boys and girls who he turns into child soldiers and sex slaves. The 2008 attack on Kony was blown when Kony was tipped off and escaped with his men. If this mission is to be different, which it is, it will require the active4 involvement of US forces since the Ugandans have shown themselves not to be up to the task. For more on Kony and the LRA, see the book, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army.