Updated: Sunday, 20th April 2014 @ 5:36am

Manchester embraces internet phenomenon Kony 2012 with plans for mass city centre gathering

Manchester embraces internet phenomenon Kony 2012 with plans for mass city centre gathering

By Amy Senior

The internet phenomenon ‘Kony 2012’ has already reached Manchester as thousands sign up for a mass city centre gathering.

‘Cover The Night’ is a global gathering planned for April 20 in order to raise awareness over the atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebel group leader Joseph Kony.

The organisation behind the movement is Invisible Children who released the video ‘Kony 2012’ only two days ago accruing an incredible 10million YouTube hits in that time.

They propose that on April 20 people take to the streets of their towns and cities and plaster the images of their campaign everywhere making Kony a ‘household name’.

The video begins with the words: ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come’ before changing to ‘is now’.

The narrator and co-founder of the organisation, Jason Russell, then commences to guide you through the concept of this cause in a 30 minute ‘experiment’.

It is revealed that Kony is wanted by the international Criminal Court for 12 counts of crimes against humanity including charges of murder, enslavement and rape.

Jacob is the focal point of the story. He is a young ex-captive of Kony whose brother was murdered by his guerrilla group the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).

When filming the appalling conditions Ugandan children were sleeping in just to void abduction by the LRA, Russell and his co-founders promise Jacob they will stop Kony.

Just nine years later the group are trying to put a final stop to the rebel group and their violence by making Kony a name as renowned as Jay Z or George Bush.

In the video Russell says: “This connection is changing the way the world works, governments are trying to keep up, and older generations are concerned.”

Since the LRA’s inception in 1987 it is said to have abducted over 30,000 children to act as either soldiers or sex slaves and those that resist are mutilated.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, Head Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court, explained: “We need to plan how to arrest Kony, start to plan, and it has to be serious.  In fact the only way to stop Kony is to show him we’re going to arrest you.”

For more information you can watch the video here: