Girls behind KONY 2012 activist event

Celeste Burke and Elly Hanrahan.
Celeste Burke and Elly Hanrahan.

WHEN Brisbane friends Celeste Burke and Elly Hanrahan first watched KONY 2012 in March, they knew they needed to act.

So the girls spent a month and a half organising a call for action in Brisbane.

Up until two months ago, the average Australian had never heard of the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

But a YouTube video detailing the abominable acts Kony committed throughout Northern Uganda that went viral in early March changed that.

Joseph Kony is the head of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army and is thought to be responsible for kidnapping thousands of children from villages in Northern Uganda to form his own army in the '80s and '90s.

He is accused of raping, murdering, mutilating and psychologically ruining his country and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

The ruthless warlord left Uganda six years ago and is believed to be hiding somewhere in East Africa with the few soldiers remaining in his army.

Kony's wrath was brought to light by Invisible Children, an American-based charity that helps former child soldiers in Africa, who posted a documentary about Kony on YouTube and called for a night of action on April 20.

Celeste and Elly, both 16-years-old, have been supporting Invisible Children since 2010 and organised one of many KONY 2012 activist events held around Australia on Friday night.

Elly said their initial application to hold the event in Brisbane was knocked back by City Council.

"We went to the deputy mayor and he got behind us and pushed the application through," she said.

"Council have been great and have really helped us along."

After watching the KONY 2012 video and learning of the alleged atrocities, Elly said she felt inspired.

"I found it quite emotional and I wanted to apart of something this big," she said.

"The response has been positive however there have been some people who have been sucked into the controversy.

"But anybody who does the research will realise the controversy is not true."

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