The hunt for one of the world’s most notorious fugitives has ended.
After chasing Joseph Kony for 6 years, Uganda says its mission to capture the warlord has been “successfully achieved” even though he remains at large.
“Joseph Kony with less than 100 armed fighters is now weak and ineffective,” Uganda’s army said in a statement. “He no longer poses any significant threat to Uganda’s security and northern Uganda in particular.”
Kony founded the group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda more than two decades ago. He’s accused of killing thousands of people and kidnapping children to use as soldiers in his army.
Sam Childers has seen the devastating impact of Kony’s evil up close.
“I’ve seen what he’s done to children and families,” Childers told CBN News in an interview from Uganda.
Since 1988, Childers has been rescuing children from becoming child soldiers in Uganda and Sudan. In 2011, Childers’ story was turned into a Hollywood movie, “The Machine Gun Preacher,” starring Gerard Butler.
He founded Angels of East Africa in 1988 with the goal of providing care for orphan children in Africa. The organization’s website claims it “has rescued over a thousand orphaned children from starvation, disease, and enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.”
Childers says the trauma of Kony’s brutality will sadly live on for years.
“What he has done in northern Uganda, in South Sudan, people are still being rehabilitated from what has happened,” Childers said. “This is going to go on for the next 20 years to rehabilitate the people that were victims of this war.”
Kony’s aim was to overthrow the Ugandan government and introduce a rule of law based on the Ten Commandments.
Over the years, CBN News has done several reports documenting Kony’s reign of terror.
In 2011, CBN News International Correspondent Gary Lane said portraying Kony’s group as a Christian organization was misleading.
“It has nothing to do with Christianity. It is a cult,” Lane said.
Kony “has a very twisted sense of the Bible, the Ten Commandments and so forth,” Lane warned. “He is not a good guy. He has been wreaking havoc on this area for about 20 years now.”
The United States joined the hunt for Kony in 2011, sending 100 troops to track the fugitive in the jungles of Africa.
But after spending $780 million, the Pentagon announced recently that it too was pulling out of the mission.
“The bottom line is, this operation, although not achieving the ability to get to Kony himself, has essentially taken that group off the battlefield and for the last several years, they’ve really been reduced to irrelevance,” Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of Africa Command, told reporters at the Pentagon in March.
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SOURCE: CBN News – George Thomas