KONY

As I looked at the photograph taken by Kavin Karter, a photograph taken in Sudan of a little girl starving and crawling to the United Nations camps,this reminded me of the war going on in Northern areas of Uganda.

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This is where the story starts…

JOSEPH KONY!!!

A Ugandan rebel who led the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militia that terrorized northern Uganda for the past 20 years or maybe more..

Kony was brought up in the village in northern Uganda. An ethnic Acholi(tribe), he served as an altar boy during his youth and was fond of dancing. He left school to become a traditional healer. When Yoweri Museveni seized power in Uganda in 1986 and became president, some Acholis revolted. A relative of Kony’s, spirit medium Alice Lakwena, led a rebel group called the Holy Spirit Movement, which was quashed by government troops as it advanced on Kampala, the capital. Kony joined another faction and in 1987 proclaimed himself a prophet for the Acholi people and took charge of the Holy Spirit Movement, which would eventually become the LRA. In its early years the LRA took support from the northern Ugandans, but as its resources diminished, the militia began to plunder the local population. The movement gained considerable strength in 1994 when it received the backing of the government of The Sudan, which sought to retaliate against Kampala for its support of Sudanese rebels.

Kony, armed with prophecies that he said he received from spirits who came to him in dreams, ordered the LRA to attack villages, murdering, raping, and mutilating in a campaign of intimidation that displaced some two million people. Children were abducted and brainwashed into becoming soldiers and slaves. Kony convinced them that holy water made them bulletproof. Children who resisted or tried to escape were beaten to death by their peers. Kony was reported to have taken as many as 50 of his female captives as “wives.” By 1996 the government began setting up secure camps. Children living in villages in northern Uganda became known as “night commuters,” walking miles every evening to the relative safety of the camps or towns in hopes of avoiding abduction. Kony’s aim for the LRA was never particularly specific beyond the ouster of Museveni and the establishment of a new government based on the Ten Commandments.(http://www.history.com/topics/joseph-kony)

the big question is ‘ as photographers,can we make a change?’ how can we help these people?

 

(made a photograph to show what is happening in Northern Uganda)

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