Monday, March 19, 2012
VOGUE cover girl Rihanna has explained why she decided to get involved with Kony 2012 - a campaign aiming to raise international awareness of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army head Joseph Kony, in order to increase chances of his arrest. The star was made an official poster girl for the movement earlier this month and has since tweeted about its promotional film, directed by Jason Russell, helping it to go viral.
"I'm trying to get the word out and to spread the word, because the foundation is so driven by youth, their enthusiasm and their stand in things that aren't ok," Rihanna said. "In America, we see things that are so foreign to us, but have been going on in other countries for quarter of a century. We have freedom, but that freedom shouldn't be a luxury - it's a right. I'd love to be an outlet and to spread the word even if it's just to my 14 million fans on Twitter."
Launched as part of the Invisible Children initiative, the Kony 2012 film aims to help the public become aware of Joseph Kony - who stands accused of 12 counts of crimes against humanity, including enslavement and sexual enslavement, and 21 counts of war crimes, such as forced enlistment of children and inducing rape. Kony - who is thought to have abducted hundreds of African children, turning the boys into child soldiers and treating girls as sex slaves - is currently in hiding as US-backed Ugandan military services attempt to find him. Other stars to show their support for the cause include Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.
"I want to get my hands really dirty with that project," Rihanna told Access Hollywood. "I'm planning on going to Uganda later this year, even if it's just for a day or two, to spend some time with the victims and suss out the whole situation. Invisible Children have also reached out to me to do a film and that's something I'd love to do. That's why I really want to go to Uganda, I really want to make something that's fresh, that's mine, that's powerful and that speaks to the youth and the people of the world."