The Real Joseph Kony – Get the Facts Before You Make Up Your Mind

Article by Aaron McCain

Joseph Kony, one of the World’s Top 10 Most Wanted, has drawn international attention after a viral video campaign titled KONY2012. Devised by group Invisible Children, this campaign has raised awareness about Kony and his deplorable actions. Now the world knows Joseph Kony, but do they know the full story?

Before forming an opinion on Kony, the LRA, and the issues surrounding them, it is important to have all of the facts. Below are some facts that will help you understand their history and exactly what monstrous acts they are responsible for.

Joseph Kony’s date of birth is unknown. It is believed to be between 1961 and 1964.

Kony dropped out of school before graduating and began working with his brother, who was a practising witch doctor.

He became leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 1988. He was in his mid-20s.

The LRA was originally formed as a Theological rebel group with aims of installing a Government based on the Ten Commandments.

In the early days of the LRA, Kony convinced his soldiers that they would be protected from gunfire if they marked an oil cross on their bare chests.

The LRA has been found to physically disfigure victims, rape women, massacre villages, and abduct and force children to kill their own family members.

After 25 years the LRA are the longest continually operating criminal group to commit such crimes in the world.

In the past two decades it is estimated that Kony and the LRA has been responsible for the abduction of between 20,000 and 60,000 children.

The LRA most commonly abduct males aged 13 to 18.

It is estimated that child soldiers make up to 90 percent of the LRA.

The LRA is currently estimated to have as few as 200 active members.

The LRA no longer occupy Uganda. They left in 2006.

Kony and the LRA are responsible for the displacement of over 2 million people.

I’ll take a break with the facts and let you get your head around what you have just read. Some of these facts are staggering, and the harm Kony has done to so many is just unbelievable.

While the KONY2012 video rose unprecedented awareness for this issue, it is important to be clear upon the facts. Hopefully you now have a better foundation to understand Joseph Kony and the LRA. For more on Kony, and for an in-depth Biography, I strongly encourage you to check out the Kony Facts site.

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There is also an excellent Joseph Kony Biography for your reading pleasure.

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Visit the KonyFacts.com site for many more informative Joseph Kony Facts

There is also an excellent Joseph Kony Biography for your reading pleasure.












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