Updated 04/20/2012 06:47 PM
What happened to Kony 2012?
In March, the internet was abuzz with the name Joseph Kony, a rebel leader who has committed gross human rights atrocities against the people of Uganda. An internet video urged action, specifically a national event called Cover the Night, that is supposed to happen Friday night. But as YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, the movement has lost steam.
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UNITED STATES -- Last month, millions took to Facebook and other web sites pledging support to Invisible Children and their efforts to stop Joseph Kony.
"I don't think people in America don't care. We see that picture of that kid over there that's been affected by war and we care about it," said missionary Tina Zielky.
On April 20th, the day that they were supposed to cover the night, it seems that many have abandoned the cause.
"It affects us and we're sad for them, but we can go home and sleep just fine because we're not related to that kid. It's not in our backyard," said Zielky.
As quickly as the movement seemed to gain momentum, it also seemed to lose it. In part, because of just what helped start it: Tthe speed at which information travels on the internet.
Few noticed that another Invisible Children video came out, but just about everyone heard that co-founder and leading character in the original video, Jason Russell ,was taken to the hospital after screaming naked on a California street corner. A video of his breakdown gained much attention.
"It did affect the campaign. It's very sad what happened to the guy. It got a lot of people distracted. They got more concerned with the people who were putting it out there rather than what the whole cause was," said Zielky.
Invisible Children also began to draw skepticism from Americans, but despite waning interest, people like Zielky still plan to raise awareness about Kony and make a difference with Cover the Night and more.
"I plan on still talking about the kids that I know. I plan on actually moving there to Rwanda for two years," said Zielky.
Although Kony was forced out of Uganda, Zielky says the very real issue at hand still is capturing him and urges people to continue advocating for American aid.
Zielky plans to Cover the Night with a small group of people in Oswego.