Joseph Rao Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group that formerly operated in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government oppression, the LRA allegedly turned against Kony's own supporters, supposedly to "purify" the Acholi people and turn Uganda into a theocracy. Kony proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom. Ideologically, the group is a syncretic mix of mysticism, Acholi nationalism, and Christian fundamentalism, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and local Acholi tradition. Kony has been accused by government entities of ordering the abduction of children to become child soldiers and sex slaves. 66,000 children became soldiers, and 2 million people were displaced internally from 1986 to 2009.
|Born:||likely 1961 (age 58–59), Odek, Uganda Protectorate|
|Known for:||Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)|
|Children:||42 (as of 2006)|
About Joseph Kony
Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army guerrilla group; became the target of a popular worldwide campaign in 2012.
While his crimes have been well documented for years, a thirty-minute documentary released in 2012 sparked popular outrage.
As a result of the Kony-2012 video's popularity, the U.S. Senate put forward a resolution to condemn the LRA.
Other than the numerous wives he is reputed to have, his closest advisors are the angels he claims to commune with.
Nicki Minaj was one of many celebrities who helped spread the word about Kony 2012.
Information related to Joseph Kony
- International Criminal Court investigations - So far, the International Criminal Court opened investigations in 12 situations: Burundi; two in the Central African Republic; Côte d'Ivoire; Darfur, Sudan; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Georgia; Kenya; Libya; Mali; Uganda; and Bangladesh/Myanmar.
- Lord's Resistance Army insurgency - The Lord's Resistance Army insurgency is an ongoing guerrilla campaign waged by the Lord's Resistance Army insurgent group since 1987. Currently, there is low-level LRA activity in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
- Child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - During the first and second civil conflicts which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all sides involved in the war actively recruited or conscripted child soldiers, known locally as Kadogos which is a Swahili term meaning "little ones".
- Fugitives wanted on crimes against humanity charges
- Fugitives wanted on war crimes charges
- Fugitives wanted by the International Criminal Court
- Acholi people
- Individuals designated as terrorists by the United States government