District teenagers help stop warlord

Colac teenager Chelsea Green is among millions of people around the world joining a campaign against Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony.

COLAC teenagers have joined a global campaign to stop a Ugandan warlord.

A 30-minute video, Kony 2012, has become an online hit with more than 10 million views on Youtube within 48 hours.

The video outlines United States charity Invisible Children’s quest to bring Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony to justice.

The charity claims Kony is responsible for abducting more than 30,000 children in central Africa, forcing the boys to become soldiers and the girls to become sex slaves.

The video aims to raise awareness about Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army and urges US politicians to keep troops in Uganda to help capture him.

Colac’s Teagan Beckett, 17, said the video inspired her to take action.

“I only saw the video last night, and it moved me so much that I decided to make a Facebook group for people in Colac who want to help,” Teagan said yesterday.

“And in 12 hours we got more than 60 people joining it,” she said.

“We’re planning to do a Cover the Night in Colac, which is happening all over the world

on April 20 where people go out and put up posters and stickers to let everyone know who Kony is.”

Invisible Children has its critics, with claims the charity is misguided and has failed to make its finances transparent.

But Colac’s Chelsea Green, 19, said she would support the campaign.

“Everyone’s talking about it online so there’s always going to be negative stuff posted as well, and there’s people saying that he’s just one man and we should be focusing on more than that,” Ms Green said.

“But I think the whole thing is great, because it’s getting young people involved and getting them to care about what’s going on in the world,” she said.

“Before I watched the video I didn’t know anything about Kony, but when you finish it it’s hard to ignore it.”

Ms Green said she wanted to organise a fundraiser in Colac for Invisible Children’s programs in Uganda.

“We could have a concert because there’s so much great musical talent in the area,” she said.

“I always thought that I didn’t have enough money to help people, but if we went without the latest phone or didn’t spend so much on unnecessary things, then we could help make a difference.”

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