Luis Moreno-Ocampo praises 'Kony 2012' video by Invisible Children


A screen grab from Invisible Children's "Kony 2012" viral video campaign. The campaign has drawn a flurry of media coverage, controversy and criticism. It has also triggered more so-called "clicktivism" in Africa, including the M23 rebellion in Congo.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, has praised the role of the viral "Kony 2012" video campaign towards catching rebel leader Joseph Kony.

Moreno-Ocampo said the video could help lead to the capture of Uganda-born Kony this year.

The Kony video made by the California-based group Invisible Children has been seen by more than 100 million people, and will help bring pressure to capturing Kony, Moreno-Ocampo said, according to Agence France-Presse

"Invisible Children will I think produce the arrest of Joseph Kony this year," said Moreno-Ocampo, after meeting the makers of the video in Los Angeles, AFP reported.

"That is the impact of the campaign. The Invisible Children movie is adding the social interest that the institutions need to achieve results," he added. "We need this people attention to make the political leaders interested."

A sequel to 'Kony 2012' is set to be released next week.

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Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, stands accused of kidnapping children to use as soldiers and sex slaves, and is wanted by the ICC for war crimes. He is currently thought to be in the Central African Republic.

Kony and the LRA have roamed a vast area of central Africa for more than 20 years. The group was ejected from Uganda in 2005, and has since dwindled in size.

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