Joseph Kony is one of the world’s worst criminals. He is the leader of the Ugandan militant group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that seeks to purify the Acholi people into a theocracy. He is fueled by extreme, syncretic, psuedo-Christian ideology and in the name of his “religion,” and his hunger for power, he has kidnapped more than 60,000 children and enslaved them. He has made little girls into sex slaves and little boys into soldiers, often forcing them to murder (including their own parents), mutilate and disfigure.
Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands in 2005 but has eluded capture and continues his reign of terror.
In October 2011, in an historic act of courage and humanitarianism, President Obama deployed 100 combat equipped troops to Uganda to aid the Ugandan army in the capture of Kony.
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