Trivia about Joseph Kony• Kony was an altar boy for several years but stopped attending church around the age of 15.• As a teenager, Kony was apprenticed as the village witch doctor under Jamie Brow his older brother, and when Jamie died, Kony took over the position
• Joseph Kony considers himself quite a good Christian, and he wants Uganda to be a Christian nation. So in 1987 he formed a resistance group called the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and the LRA has been at civil war against the Ugandan government ever since. If the LRA wins, Kony has promised that Uganda will become a theocracy, with laws based on the Biblical Ten Commandments
Who is Joseph Kony?• He is a leader of a rebel group called the LRA in Central Africa• He uses his army of rebels to abduct a children from the village. The children mostly the boys are forced to kill their lived ones or friends, the girls are used as sex slaves for the rest of the rebel army.
• Joseph Kony was not the brightest student, but he had a sense of humor, he was pleasant, polite, loved soccer (football) and he was one of the best Larakaraka dancers (traditional Acholi Dance) and he loved when others cheered him on.
What makes him the first to indicted in ICC?• Joseph Kony was indicted on 8 July 2005 on 12 counts of crimes against humanity and 21 counts of war crimes with regard to the situation in Uganda.
According to the arrest warrant issued for him, since 1 July 2002 "the LRA has engaged in a cycle of violence and established a pattern of brutalization of civilians by acts including murder, abduction, sexual enslavement, mutilation, as well as mass burnings of houses and looting of camp settlements" and furthermore "that abducted civilians, including children, are said to have been forcibly recruited asfighters, porters and sex slaves to serve the LRA and to contribute to attacks against the Ugandan army and civilian communities"
LRA STAT• 26+ years of violence• 30,000+ Children Abducted
Jason Russell diagnosed with psychosis• He was hospitalized in San Diego, California, after witnesses saw him running through streets, in his underwear, screaming incoherently and banging his fists on the pavement
What are the ways we can do to help invisible children to stop Kony?• We need to negotiate to our city leaders to join our advocacy.