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Biography of Joseph Kony - How did he become this mad man?

Updated on June 29, 2012
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Lately, there was a lot of rumour about Joseph Kony, who has become world famous in only few days. In the video of Invisible Children Inc. he was presented as a tyrant, a villain and as the most wanted person, what, indeed, seems to be true. But who is he really? What is his personality and how was his childhood like? In this article, I would like to show some background information about this newly-become notorious “celebrity”.


General Data of Joseph Kony


Joseph Kony was born in 1961 in Odek, Uganda. Odek is a village, where he and his Acholi family lived. Acholis, by the way, are an ethnic group that is mostly Catholic or Protestant and sometimes, they also have the same believe as the Islam. Parts of the ancient religion remained like a familiar spirit or ancestral worship. He founded his movement LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) with only the age of 26 and he was terrorizing Uganda and their surrounding areas for nearly twenty years.


Crimes of Joseph Kony


In his lifetime as the head of the LRA he committed many crimes and got himself a high rank in the most wanted list of the U.S.A. Some say he is the ninth most wanted person others say he is the most wanted criminal in the world.
There are 33 charges on Joseph Kony for the following:
12 points are a crime to humanity. They consist of enslavery, premeditated murder enforcement to prostitution, rape, inhuman actions, mutilations and severe mentally and physically torturing.
And he has 21 points indicts for war crimes, namely the following: premeditated murder, cruel treatment of civil persons, robbery, premeditated attacks in civilians, forced recruitment of children and incitement to rape.


He abducted about 66’000 children, but because the black number is so high some people even suggest up to 104’000 children were abducted by Joseph Kony resp. by the LRA organization.
And all those children have been forced to kill their parents as well as their neighbors (or the abductors did it on their own). This way, the children had no other choice but to yield the will and commands of Joseph Kony.


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Childhood and Religion of Joseph Kony


It is always interesting to get to know some details about the childhood of such tyrants. Will we maybe see his process of ending up to be one of the most wanted persons on earth?


It was reported by former classmates that Joseph Kony was a brilliant dancer and he loved playing football. But he was a more exhaustive student at school and finally dropped out as a teenager. In his village, Odek, he was also known as the “witch doctor”. His brother used to have this position originally, but he died and when Joseph Kony was still a teenager, he continued the job of his brother. It is known that he did well with his siblings, but seemed to become very aggressive at some occasions like for example in a disagreement about something.
So far, he seems to have had a fairly normal childhood for a Ugandan boy except of the dropping out of school. But let us take a deeper look in his religion.
He is a strong religious Alochi. In his area, there were mixed up cultures and beliefs, but he was a devout Christian. Until the age of 15 he used to be the altar boy as well. There used to be a movement called “Holy Spirit Movement” by Alice Auma, but this movement was defeated later. This certain movement seemed to have a great impact on Joseph Kony and influenced this strong that with the age of 26 (in 1987) he founded his own movement, what is known “Lord’s Resistance Movement” today. His aim with this movement is to purify Uganda and turn it into a Christian-theocracy ruled by his personal interpretation of the Ten Commandments. He also believes in polygamy and is thought to have about 88 wives (as of 2007) and impregnated them, what made him the father of probably 42 children.
Today, he annually wanders to the Ato Hills in Uganda, where he lies down in the sun of the top of the hills for days. He covers himself with red termites, which would bite deeply his body. Oil of the Yao plant would cover his body and he would enter a cave, where he would stay in seclusion for several weeks. And he also believes in the literal protection of the holy cross. That is why he tells his child soldiers to spread oil on their bodies in a cross shape in order to be protected by bullets.


Conclusion


His original roots in religion seemed to have a subconscious influence on him plus also did he have already as a teenager an affinity to the spiritual (since he was the witch doctor in his teenage years), but probably was it the Holy Spirit Movement that has had such a great impact on him that he decided to start such movement on his own and he believes to be told by God to kill his own impure people, because it says so in the Ten Commandments (after his interpretations).
This madman seems to have a psychological issue, what led him believe he is in some way the Messiah of his culture (and even was he already portrayed as the Messiah).

But as of today, he has vanished in Kongo (or in another surrounding state) and might even be dead by now and with the disappearance of Joseph Kony the LRA movement seems to have vanished as well, but still there are (only) some followers, who still continue the LRA movement, but it can be seen as virtually vanished from the spotlight and actually, Uganda has many other more important problems what led me into great disbelief of this “KONY 2012” video by Invisible Children Inc. (click HERE for my critical scrutiny of this video and the Invisible Children Inc. – Scam or not?)

by mbyL

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      shyshy 2 years ago

      wow how did he have a heart like that cold

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Dear Dickson,

      thanks for this interesting insight! I am not so much into politics and I wrote this a very long time ago. Was your last sentence pointed at me, personally, or people just in general? If you meant me, I must say, your question does not apply to me, because you found yourself talking with a person open to accept and ascend to higher spheres ;) I don't think "earthly". Anyway, interesting what you said!

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      Dickson 4 years ago

      If really your research about Joseph Kony was targeted to understand the power behind his rise to world's recognition, I would be glad to tell you that the 'truth' behind the power of the LRA can only be felt in the midst of fire! You must participate in it, see it and feel it. J.Kony is heavenly incarnate! The only big trick is that the Spirits work in checks. they go to rest for some periods only to rise up to swallow mankind in the name of God's judgment!---it is better to be cautious b'se he is drifting closer to Arab world now preparing to fight the west. If the world continue to take this movement with laghter, they will soon find themselves engulfed in the fire of the Holy Spirit being ignored today as devilish. Can you compare your earthly wisdom with divine wisdom already evident?

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      thanks for your comment!

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      ginis 5 years ago

      Thank you for that he is so cruel I hate him!,

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Manav Sonowa 5 years ago

      hmmmmmmm.......interesting!!!!! :D

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, I know, isn't it always interesting to know some facts behind the scene ;)?

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      This is an awesome biography. Thank you for sharing your research on that story. It's crazy to learn the story behind these infamous people. Voted up and shared.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      please only leave a comment if you have read the whole article about him and in addition use proper grammar and only leave constructive comments. I don't need your emotional crap here.

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      joshua 5 years ago

      absaloutly discusting! kill him strait, but on the other han look at that picture when he is cuddleing the two babys, but he can't be trusted be rid of him

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I am glad that this helped you. now you know practically everything important about him!

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      Maurice Wisdom Bishop 5 years ago from San Tan Valley

      Great Hub Mbyl. I've heard of Kony but never had a full history about him. Thanks for sharing. Much Love and Respect

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      reddy 5 years ago

      Killing someone is not good ...:.......

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      kenny gilbrt 5 years ago

      terable

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      Chorus 5 years ago

      He is an animal

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      People please, read it first before commenting. The children are already freed and Kony isn't traceable in Uganda, because he fleed somewhere else. There is a second hub about it. Just click on the link on the bottom of this hub...

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      BRITTNEY WITNEY 5 years ago

      Joseph Kony will be captured in 2012; children will finally be sent free.

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      No name 5 years ago

      The world's efforts to arrest Joseph Kony and face him with the law might be complecated if the religious leaders are left out. Truly, im an Acholi origine who knows Kony and his family so well coz i was once a KONY victim who watched Kony's men kill my reltives and later when a grew up, i became a journalist who associate with the Acholi peole and cover a lot of Kony father stories when he wis praying, he even heals, he performs incredeble miracles and does lot more unbelivable things that Acholi clan leaders and i my self believe is fully protecting his son. Kony's spirit is real coz i interacts a lot with his father, Severino Okoya

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      me 5 years ago

      To 'mynameisnotimportant'...all I'm going to say is you are incredible naïve and clearly you yourself have not researched one bit into this particular topic. If you had done any research at all (at this point, it doesn't seem like you even skimmed any information about the costs of Invisible Children Inc.) you would see there is absolutely no data implicating this charity extends 70% of its revenue to Uganda. Please do some research before you embarrass yourself more.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Thanks for your comment. The scam thing was also more to make people interested in the link, because there I exactly to a scrutiny on the video. So you might want to read this one too. 70% goes to Uganda? When I did my research (click on the link on the bottom of my hub) I found out resp. calculated that only 25% goes to Uganda plus all the donations of TRI are used up for lobbying costs. Anyway, thanks for your comment!

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      mynameisnotimportant 5 years ago

      its not a scam. One question, where would a "scam" get us? yes, we donate money. And to some people that might be a reason. But if you actually researched the subject instead of shutting it away as soon as you heard the word "buy", you would know that about 70% of the profit goes to the cause. so, that 30% goes to the leader of this program only to help make the posters and braclets to HELP spread kony awareness, giving the government a reason to help. You would also know that the only way we can help is if we stop going on the internet looking for somethimg to critisize, and actually listen to what people are trying to get through your thick skulls. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE if we want to make a difference. Thank you.