Albino: And I’m Albino Salinas. And this is Eric Solorio News report at 8.
Luis: Today’s news report is on child soldiers and their leader Joseph Kony
Albino: According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “Joseph Rao Kony, born sometime between July and September 1961, is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), guerrilla group in Uganda. While initially enjoying strong public support, the LRA allegedly turned on its own supporters, supposedly to "purify" the Acholi people and turn Uganda into a theocracy. Kony proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, has nurtured a cult of personality, and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom.” (2012)
Luis: “Kony has been accused by government groups of ordering the abduction of children to become child-sex slaves and child soldiers. An estimated 66,000 children became soldiers and two million people have been internally displaced since 1986. Kony was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2005 but has evaded capture. The LRA operates in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.”(2012)
Albino: Joseph Kony wasn’t the only mastermind behind this another man named Vincent Otti was also a leader of the LRA at some point. A report by BBC News says “Otti saw himself as fighting for the rights of the people of northern Uganda against the "oppressive" regime of President Yoweri Museveni.” (Mwakugu, 2008)
Luis: “Before his death at the age of 61, Otti had risen to the position of vice-chairman, second-in-command to Joseph Kony, and was described as a member of the "Control Altar", the core leadership group within the LRA ranks that devised strategy. He shared Mr. Kony's belief that Uganda should not know peace unless it adopted a constitution along the lines of the Biblical...