Joseph Kony Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Joseph Kony, the ruthless, elusive Ugandan militia leader surprised everyone earlier today when he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, along with two members of his child militia. The video, still being authenticated by international authorities, shows Kony dumping a cooler full of icy water over his head in support of a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gerhig's disease.
Surprisingly, Kony dedicated his challenge video to Jason Russell, the film maker who created the Kony 2012 documentary. The film catapulted Joseph Kony and his atrocities into the social media spotlight, but ultimately, did little to bring him to justice. In addition to the dedication, Kony also challenged other militia leaders in Uganda, none of which are familiar names to anyone, and also Justin Bieber. They have 24 hours.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Approximately 5,600 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. There is currently no cure for the disease. If you would like to make a donation towards a possible cure, please visit the ALS Association website and click "donate" in the top right.
Today, approximately 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. The global water shortage is a very real threat to the health and education of children all over the world. Unfortunately, a lot of water is being wasted in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If you would like to donate to a solution for the global water shortage, please visit The Water Project website and make a donation.