Saturday, March 20, 2004

Uganda: Kony's spirits

Here is a bit of info about the "spirits" that Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, channels (?).
Kony claims to be possessed by several spirits, the chief of whom is Lakwena, the ghost of an Italian First World War veteran who died near the source of the Nile. The other spirits direct the war. Silly Silindi, a female Sudanese spirit, is the chief commander.

Among the other spirits are three Americans. Major Bianca is head of intelligence, King Bruce is responsible for turning rocks into handgrenades in mid-flight, while Jim Brickey, also known as "Who Are You?", will switch sides and ensure a government victory if Kony's disciples gather with witchcraft.

"One of the spirits would possess him every day and he would preach to us from nine in the morning until one o'clock," said Grace Angeyo, who lived in Kony's main camp outside the Sudanese town of Juba for five years.