Local Students Fight to Capture Kony

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CLEVELAND -- A 30 minute film with a powerful message has gone viral in two days with more than 41 million views on YouTube.

Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have also seen more than 500,000 hits.

The film called “Kony 2012” shows the atrocities being committed by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony and his violent regime.

Nine years ago three San Diego film students stumbled upon a boy named Jacob during a trip to Uganda and learned that he was one of an estimated 30,000 children ripped from their families and forced into war or used as sex slaves by Joseph Kony.

Kony is also accused of killing and mutilating tens of thousands of children and adults.

The non-profit group Invisible Children was formed, and through film, hopes to save the children and pressure government leaders to capture Kony.

"I think it's awesome,” said Baldwin Wallace student Nicole Kinnan. "I've been trying to tell people about this and it was going nowhere and no one knew and then all of the sudden everybody did.  It was so great."

Many students from across the country like Nicole and her fellow BW friend, Rachel Crespo, have taken up the cause.

Dozens of Hollywood celebrities are also on board, including Oprah, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

They want to pressure government leaders around the world to get involved.

“Our hope is to finally find him because he’s moving all over Africa,” said Crespo.

In October, President Obama sent 100 U.S. troops to work with the Ugandan Army but so far Kony has evaded capture.

“He surrounds himself with the children and escapes,” said Crespo.

People can donate money or purchase merchandise in support of Invisible Children at their website.

Click here to go to the Invisible Children website.

Sign the pledge here.

The money helps educate the children of Africa and keep them safe.

“It makes me appreciate everything we have so much,” said Kinnan. “We have so much more but it also makes me feel like I have to do something. I have resources, I have comforts, so why not use what I have to make a difference?”

On April 3, representatives from Invisible Children will be going to the campus of Baldwin Wallace for a special screening of Kony 2012.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the student activity center.