Now here is a man that I have nothing but admiration for his name is Robert Young Pelton who wants to hire a band of bounty hunters to track down Ugandan terrorist and warlord the savage known as Joseph Kony.
Can you crowd-fund the hunt for a war criminal on the run deep in Africa's jungles? A Canadian adventurer with experiences in Afghanistan and Somalia wants to do just that: raise funds and take a small band of former soldiers to find Joseph Kony.
Robert Young Pelton, whose plan has already drawn criticism from a pair of Africa experts, is the latest to join a line of private individuals and aid groups who are trying to corner the alleged mass murderer and members of his Lord's Resistance Army.
Kony remains elusive despite the deployment by President Barack Obama in late 2011 of 100 U.S. special forces to aid the hunt - which is mostly carried out by Ugandan troops - and the efforts by myriad private groups.
So what do we know about Joseph Kony? He was born sometime between July and September 1961and the self styled leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government suppression, the LRA allegedly turned against Kony's 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, and has been considered by some as a cult of personality, and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom. Ideologically, the group is a syncretic mix of mysticism, Acholi nationalism, Islam, and Christian fundamentalism, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and local Acholi tradition.
Kony has been accused by government entities of ordering the abduction of children to become child-sex slaves and child soldiers. An estimated 66,000 children became soldiers. And from 1986 up until about 2009, there were at least 2 million people internally displaced. Kony was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the charges included sexual slavery, rape, torture and murder but has evaded capture. Since Juba peace talk in 2006, the LRA no longer operate in Uganda. Sources claim that they are in Democratic Republic of Congo, or Central African Republic or South Sudan.
Pelton, the author of ‘The World's Most Dangerous Places,’ says he has done work for U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan, and that he excels at finding people who don't want to be found.
If his plan is funded, he would start looking for Kony, who is likely in the Central African Republic, early next year, he said.
Pelton's $500,000 crowd-funding bid via indiegogo - a platform like Kickstarter - has raised only about $7,500 in two weeks.
The Ugandan military spokesman, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said he had not heard of Pelton's mission, though he sounded incredulous when it was described to him.
'We wish him good luck. That's all I can say,' Ankunda said.
I too wish him good luck in his hunt and capture of this savage. .
Have a look at this BBC documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBgwNhpLqTk