WHO IS JOSEPH KONY?
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group made up of abducted child soldiers. Kony is responsible for kidnapping over 30,000 children and for displacing more than 2 million. In 2005 Kony was indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, but he has evaded capture. Currently, Kony is responsible for Africa's longest running armed conflict.
WHAT IS THE LRA?
In 1986 Joseph Kony formed the LRA with an intent to overthrow the government of Uganda. At the time, the LRA claimed to be seeking liberation for Northern Uganda. However, due to a lack of support from the Acholi people, Kony began abducting children to fill the ranks of his army. In 2006, after spending 20 years in Uganda, the LRA moved out of the country for good. Today, the LRA is extremely mobile, operating throughout Central Africa in small groups, exploting violent regions for their own self-preservation. The core of the LRA fighting force has been with the group for a decade or more, abducted as children from Northern Uganda.