As we sit firmly situated in the middle of August 2012, a little under six months since the now infamous “Kony 2012” video went viral, approximately 2,000 Ugandan Army troops and 500 South Sudanese soldiers are still chasing the elusive senior commander of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA).
In October 2011, President Barack Obama deployed 100 U.S. special operations troops to Africa with orders to help African and U.N. forces capture Kony. “Kony 2012” lauds the U.S. deployment. Today, these troops continue to provide African soldiers with intelligence data and logistics assistance.
In the meantime, back on the internet, the now infamous “Kony 2012” video released by Invisible Children has logged over 110 million views on YouTube and Vimeo.
Yet Kony remains free, and the LRA regularly attacks unarmed civilians. Rape, theft, violence and looting are little more than logistics operations for this band of organized thugs. So does it come as any surprise that in June the U.N. Security Council requested more assistance in apprehending this notorious fiend? The African Union (AU) generously agreed to supply a force of 5,000 soldiers to combat the LRA, with units from Uganda, South Sudan, the Congo and the CAR. However, these units need to be outfitted and trained. Last time I checked, none of those countries were exactly rolling in dough. Will any of the saps who perpetuated that ridiculous video give up even one day of lattes to donate said latte-monies towards the training of these AU soldiers? Doubtful.
Although the hype surrounding the viral video has waned, war crimes remain horrifyingly stubborn realities.