By Mallory Drover
Ever since the viral video made by Invisible Children, a non-profit group behind the Kony 2012 campaign, was released on March 5th and became an internet sensation, Grace and Sarah have been planning Cover the Night. All over the world on April 20th, people from all different cultures and locations set out into their communities after dark, armed with posters and a passion for the movement. Cover the Night, detailed by the Invisible Children video to take place on April 20th, is the biggest piece of involvement by youth to spread awareness about Joseph Kony and his child-stealing army.
“About 2-3 years ago I spent 3 months in Africa, working with the orphans who had managed to escape from Kony’s army. Some of them had mutilated faces or missing limbs. It was terrible.” Grace shared her experience of working first hand with the victims of Kony’s army, the LRA.
“My sister got me involved,” said Sarah. After Sarah’s sister, April D’Water, was recruited approximately 4 years ago at her college, she’s been active with Invisible Children. April is currently Wisconsin’s State Lobby Leader for the organization, and Sarah has been involved with raising awareness on a Homer level.
Not everyone in the community is supportive of the Kony 2012 campaign, however.
“Right before we put up our first posters, I got a phone call from a blocked number saying they were watching us,” Grace recalled from Cover the Night. “They called twice but we ignored them. When we went back to my car, the posters we had put up on the school doors had been ripped in half and plastered to my car.”
Skeptics of the Kony 2012 campaign and Invisible Children are numerous, and usually vocal. However, this hasn’t changed the opinions of the people who are passionate about spreading awareness, and seeing Joseph Kony brought to justice.
“It’s amazing to see how enthusiastic young people all around the world are about making realistic changes right now,” Sarah said.
“On the night of the actual event, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds showed people from as far as Australia, China and Europe putting up posters!” Grace shared. “The whole world’s heard of Kony now. Senators are taking notice of public interest. It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught now.”