Joseph Kony is a self-declared prophet and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is a pseudo-Christian cult and rebel group that has embarked on a campaign of violence in Uganda and parts of South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of its stated goals includes imposing Acholi Nationalism and ruling Uganda according to the Ten Commandments.
The LRA is listed as a terrorist group by the United States and in 2005 the ICC announced that arrest warrants had been issued for five of its members for crimes against humanity. The group and its leader have been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, child-sex slavery, and forcing children to participate in hostilities. In 2015, the Guardian reported that Kony’s forces were responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 people and the kidnapping of at least 60,000 children.