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'Kony' creators to release sequel to viral documentary, group says

April 2, 2012 |  7:12 am

San Diego-based Invisible Children is set to release a sequel Tuesday to its viral documentary about the notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

The nonprofit posted on Tumblr that it will release "Kony 2012: Part II" on Tuesday and will feature more information on "Cover the Night," an event to raise awareness about Kony and his group, the Lord's Resistance Army.

The 30-minute "Kony 2012" skyrocketed to popularity on YouTube, propelled by thousands of posts on Twitter and Facebook, garnering over 86 million views since its March 5 release.

The popularity of the film led to a flurry of media appearances for Jason Russell and his fellow Invisible Children co-founders and prompted scrutiny from some who argued that the social media frenzy was too little, too late.

Russell was hospitalized several weeks following the release after suffering a mental breakdown that caused him to throw a verbal tantrum on a San Diego street while in his underwear. Russell's family said his doctors told them it was "a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks."

The group has said it hopes the film and other efforts will make Kony a household name and drum up international support to halt the killings, rapes, abuses and abductions committed by his group in central Africa.

Kony, who has operated in the region for two decades, is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. In October, the United States sent 100 combat-equipped troops on a mission to kill or capture Kony.

Meanwhile, locals in San Diego protested outside the Invisible Children offices in downtown San Diego over the weekend, saying Kony represents only a fraction of the problems in Uganda and that the Ugandan government was silent while Kony was killing, raping and abducting citizens.


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