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The spirits of Joseph Kony


Before the LRA goes to battle, the soldiers worship a spirit called King Bruce. According to Joseph Kony's teachings, King Bruce is a warrior who will give strength in battle. If the soldiers hold a stone in their hand and carry it around in circles while saying "King Bruce, King Bruce, King Bruce", the stone is reportedly transformed into a hand grenade. In reality, King Bruce is inspired by the action movie hero Bruce Lee, whose films for a period made great success in the video stores in Acholiland's cities and refugee camps.

From Kony's perspective, however, it makes sense in madness like this. The Acholi culture is characterized by spirituality. These spirits are called "yogi" and are something the abducted children know before they. . .

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