DENVER – Just days after a viral video began showcasing the humanitarian crisis in Uganda, groups across Colorado are coming together to raise awareness and money for the African nation.
The video, released by the group Invisible Children, documents the hunt for a suspected war criminal believed to be responsible for thousands of deaths of children across Africa. The video, which can be found here, has already been seen by millions of people across the world.
"It started in Uganda but its spreading all over Africa," said Erin Coughlin of Denver during an interview on Friday. Coughlin and others are spearheading an online campaign to raise awareness about the Uganda crisis, with a rally scheduled for April.
“If we keep spreading the message of who Kony is, then they can catch him by the end of this year.” added Coughlin when discussing Joseph Kony, the man profiled in the film.
Awareness is also being reached at the high school level where students at Conifer High School held a special screening of the film on Friday night.
“I want to help. I want to see this put to an end, you feel like you've got to help because they can't do it without us." said Junior Sloane Black, one of several students who helped raise money for the Uganda crisis.
Several other Denver High Schools are expected to screen the film next week as the popularity of the video continues to spread.