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Joseph Kony - Quick Facts

Joseph Kony - Quick Facts

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The life and times of Joseph Kony
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Joseph Kony: Quick facts
 Joseph Kony was born sometime in 1961 in Odek village in Gulu in northern Uganda.
 His father was a catechist of the Catholic Church and his mother Norah Oting was an Anglican. Kony served as an altar boy for several years, but is said to have stopped attending church at about the age of 15.
 As a teenager, Kony was apprenticed to the village witchdoctor under his older brother, James, and when his older brother died, he took over full responsibility.
 After the defeat of the government of General Tito Okello, an Acholi, many small military groups sprang up in opposition, and Kony became a leader of one of them, recruiting former soldiers of the UNLA (Uganda national Liberation Army). His first attack was on the town of Gulu.
 His claim of being driven by spirits later helped him to rally his abducted conscripts to believe he had supernatural powers.
 
In 1988 Kony gathered the remnants of Lakwena’s army Holy Spirit Movement an
d became their leader.
 Kony claimed he had dreams of the spirits calling upon me to fight for the 10 commandments and for the liberation of northern Uganda.
 Kony declared that his mission was to purify the Acholi people, and turn Uganda into a theocracy based on the Ten Commandments just like Lakwena had professed. He proclaimed himself the spokesperson of God and claimed that was visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom.
 Kony originally named his group the United Holy Salvation Army (UHSA), but later changed it
to the United Democratic Christian Army, and later the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 1992.
 His recruitment was mainly from the abduction of children.
 Since 1992, he is estimated to have abducted over 10,000 boys and girls who formed the bulk of his foot soldiers. He often killed their family and neighbours when abducting the children.
 He and the LRA kidnapped 44 girls from Sacred Heart Secondary and St. Mary's girls schools in northern Uganda.
 The LRA was responsible for several grisly attacks and massacres, including at Atiak, Barlonyo, and Palabek. At Patongo the killings were followed by human parts of the victims being boiled in pots.
 On October 6, 2005, the ICC indicted and issued arrest warrants for five top LRA commanders, Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, for crimes against humanity.
 Although there were many international attempts at peace talks in 1994 and between 1996 and 2001, they never yielded any fruits.

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