Uganda is landlockedcountry in east-central Africa that is situatednorth and northwest ofLake Victoria. Uganda has a total area of 91,136 square miles, 14,027 of those square miles are inland water sources. Uganda is slightlysmaller than the state of Oregon for comparison.
1971: Military leader Idi Amin overthrows Obote. During Amins cruel eight-year rule, an estimated 300,000 people are killed. 1978: Amin attacks Tanzania. Ugandan exiles and Tanzanian troops invade Uganda. Amin is forced out of the country in 1979.Leader: Idi Amin 1986: Yoweri Musevni Yoweri Museveni takes power. He brings stability and improved human rights protection. 1993: A constitutional amendment restores the kingdom of Buganda and other kingdoms. 2000: Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya join to form the East African Community and pledge cooperation. 2008: After years of fighting, a cease-fire agreement is signed with a rebel group
Joseph Kony was born in Atyak,Uganda on September 18, 1964. As a youngster, Kony was a Catholic altar boy. Now he says he gets strategicadvice from angels. There are eight of these angels, he says -- three American, two Sudanese, twoChinese, and one Congolese. What is the advice he gets? He claims he gotadvice from these angels to form the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The LRA has kidnapped an estimated 60,000 children for use as fighters or sex slaves. As part of their initiation, thesechildren are often required to kill their own parents, so they will have no homes or family to return to.
Oncekidnapped, children are used as pack mules, carryingLRA supplies untilthey are too weak to walk, at whichtime theyre killed or simply left to DIE
Kidnapped boys also serve as targets anddecoys, sent to the front lines -- unarmed --whenever the Ugandan Army engages the LRA.
Kidnapped girls that Kony or any of his senior commandersfind attractive become their "wives" (Kony is reputed to have 60).
Young girls and women kidnapped by the LRA are often forced to become sex slaves rebel commanders, and forced of pregnancies aimed at repopulating LRA fighters.These girls and women are at extremely high risk of contracting HIV, and the risk ofdisease has led commanders to seek even younger female victims, in the hope that they will be "clean."
Troublesome captives have their noses, lips, and/or ears cutoff, and are then made to eat their own flesh. They are also burned alive. Kony said: “Your nose will be cut off together with your ears and in the end the sword will kill you. Your children will be taken into captivity and they will be burnt to death.”