The Lord’s Resistance Army: Joseph Kony and His Child Soldiers

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| The Lord’s Resistance Army | Joseph Kony and his Child Soldiers | | | Freedom. Revolution. Rebellion. These words have a powerful meaning throughout the world. The beginnings of every nation have stemmed from one or the other. What makes ones Freedom desired? What makes ones revolution possible? What makes ones rebellion right? History is written by the victors. Who knows the exact history of both sides? What if the winners were wrong? There is no way to tell, because the losers have been vanquished and labeled has savages, ethnic, or even villains. We cannot rewrite the past, but we can write our future. I will be looking into a modern day conflict focusing on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Hopefully, we can write a future that sees an end to lies and cover ups. The LRA’s origins begin in 1986 once Yoweri Museveni became president. A Ugandan priestess and rebel leader, who was a member of the Acholi ethno linguistic group and a self-proclaimed mystic, founded the cult like Holy Spirit Movement (HSM), or Holy Spirit Mobile Forces. Her name was Alice Lakwena (Acholi for “messenger”). She claimed to be channeling a powerful warrior spirit and promised that she could make her poorly armed HSM fighters invulnerable in battle. After the HSM forces were defeated by Museveni’s troops in 1987, Lakwena fled to Kenya. Many of her followers joined the insurgent Lord’s Resistance Army under Joseph Kony, who was reported to be her cousin. (“Alice Lakwena”) Kony grew up in the village of Odek in northern Uganda. An ethnic Acholi, 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

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