2012! Essay

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Kony was born c. 1961[1] in Odek, a village east of Gulu in northern Uganda.[2][4] He is a member of the Acholi people.[2] The son of farmers, he enjoyed a good relationship with his siblings, but was quick to retaliate in a dispute,[9] and when confronted he would often resort to physical violence. His father was a lay catechist of the Catholic Church and his mother was an Anglican. Kony was an altar boy for several years, but he stopped attending church around the age of 15.[9] As a teenager Kony apprenticed as the village witch doctor under his older brother, Jamie Brow, and when his older brother died, Kony took over the position.[10] He did not graduate from high school. Kony first came to prominence in January 1986 as the leader of one of the many premillennialist groups that sprang up in Acholiland in the wake of the wildly popular Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Auma (also known as Lakwena), to whom Kony is thought to be related.[2] Their relative loss of influence after the overthrow of Acholi President Tito Okello by Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army (NRA) during the Ugandan Bush War (1981–1986) spurred resentment among the Acholi, which boosted Joseph Kony's popularity.[citation needed] Joseph Kony along with a small group of followers first moved beyond his home village of Odek 1 April 1987.[11] A few days latter he met with a small group of former Uganda National Liberation Front soldiers from the Black Battalion whom he managed to recruit.[11] His first raid, carried out shortly afterwards, was on the city of Gulu.[11] Lord's Resistance Army Further information: Lord's Resistance Army Lord's Resistance Army insurgency Events 1987–1994 Lord's Resistance Army Holy Spirit Movement Alice Auma Joseph Kony ICC investigation v · t · e Originally, Kony's group was called the United Holy

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