The focus of a film calling for the capture of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony should have been on helping child victims instead, Amanda Weisbaum of non-governmental organisation War Child UK said on Wednesday.

The 30-minute film about Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who is accused of terrorising northern Uganda for more than 20 years, went viral on the Internet after it was released last month.

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. He is accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves. So far, regional forces and foreign troops have been unable to capture Kony.

“Kony 2012″, made by charity group Invisible Children, has been viewed almost 87 million times on YouTube and almost 18 million times on Vimeo.

In the film, which has been criticised for inaccuracies, director Jason Russell juxtaposed shots of his son with suffering Ugandan children.