KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
Who is Joseph Kony?
Kony is a former choirboy from northern Uganda who leads a personality cult and militia that he calls the Lord’s Resistance Army. He founded the group in the late 1980s, modelling it on the Holy Spirit Movement, led by a similarly charismatic former prostitute, Alice Lakwena, who presented herself as the defender of the Acholi people of northern Uganda, against the government in Kampala of Yoweri Museveni. Lakwena promised her warriors immunity from bullets if they rubbed themselves with shea butter. She was defeated by Museveni’s troops in 1988 and fled to Kenya, clearing the path for Kony. He first called his militia the Ugandan People’s Democratic Army (UPDA), then the Holy Spirit Mobile Force, and then the LRA. ViewSource