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Invisible Children, Inc. is an organization, founded in 2004 to increase awareness of the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa, its leader, Joseph Kony. The group seeks to put an end to the practices of the LRA, which include abductions and abuse of children, forcing them to serve as soldiers. To this end, Invisible Children urges the United States government to take military action in the central region of Africa. Invisible Children operates as a charitable organization, soliciting donations and selling merchandise to raise money for its cause; the organization promotes its cause by dispensing films on the internet and presenting in high schools and colleges around the United States. When the organization was founded, the LRA was active in Uganda; the rebel group left Uganda in 2006 and continues to operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan. Invisible Children advocated for the passing of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, a piece of legislation which led to the deployment of 100 combat-equipped US soldiers to the region for the purpose of advising the local forces in tracking and capturing Joseph Kony.
The United Nations Security Council met in November of that year to discuss the LRA. Internationally, journalists began to seek more information about the conditions in Central Africa at that time; the group has received both criticism for its methods. While the organization's films have won several awards, its use of funds, projection of facts, support of the SPLA and the Uganda People's Defence Force have come into question as these two groups have been known to commit similar atrocities to those blamed on the LRA. In March 2012, Invisible Children began an only video campaign called Kony 2012, the purpose being to promote the charity's'Stop Kony' movement to make indicted Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony internationally known in order to arrest him in 2012. Foreign Policy in 2017 reported that Invisible Children had become connected with military operations including intelligence gathering. Invisible Children underwent restructuring in late 2014. In 1985, Ugandan dictator Apolo Milton Obote was overthrown by his own military commanders.
Although he was from the Lango ethnic group, the soldiers who made up his army were from the Acholi region, in northern Uganda. He was replaced by Tito Okello, the president of Uganda, Acholi. Okello was deposed in 1986 and the leader of the National Resistance Army, Yoweri Museveni became president, after questionable elections; the Acholi were resistant to the authority of the new president who "launched a brutal search-and-destroy mission against former government soldiers throughout the north, which swept up many innocent Acholi in its wake. Several resistance groups emerged and most were put down. In the early 2000s, media attention was drawn to the region when thousands of children affected by the LRA activities took refuge in Gulu, Uganda; the government of Uganda forced the Acholi into "what were concentration camps". These camps were ridden with disease and the inhabitants were not able to continue farming; the attention the conditions in Uganda received revealed that over the previous 20 years the LRA was abducting children and using them as kadogo, a practice in which the Museveni government had engaged.
In 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Joseph Kony by the International Criminal Court "for crimes against humanity and war crimes". After failed peace negotiations with the Ugandan government in 2006, the LRA left Uganda retreating to southern Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, where they continued to "wreak havoc". In May 2010, President Barack Obama signed the "Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act"; this law led to the deployment of US troops in the region in October, 2011. Shortly thereafter, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the LRA. Internationally, journalists set out to inform themselves about the conditions in the region. With the intent to film a documentary about the War in Darfur, college students Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole traveled to Africa in 2003. Russell had graduated from film school at the University of Southern California, after witnessing gunmen shoot at the truck in front of him while driving in northern Uganda, he discovered Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
After the incident, the group decided instead to focus on the civil war affecting the region. After returning home to the United States, the group created a documentary titled Invisible Children: The Rough Cut, which aims to expose the plight of child soldiers and night commuters of northern Uganda; the film was shown to the group's friends and family, but reached millions. The three believed that the world was unaware of the conditions in Uganda and the plight of the children they met there; the young men set out on a mission to expose what they had witnessed in Uganda, screening their film at hundreds of high schools and churches throughout the United States. In 2004 the group founded Invisible Inc. as a non-profit charitable organization. They solicit donations and sell merchandise such as bracelets, T-shirts, posters to raise money for their cause; the money they raise is used in part, to produce awareness films, for humanitarian aid to northern Uganda. In April 2007, the group organized an event called "Displace Me", in which 67,000 activists throughout the United States slept in the streets in makeshift cardboard villages, hoping to raise awareness about those displaced by the Ugandan gove