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Update on the Kony hunt

Joseph Kony

Suddenly, there’s been a flurry of media reports about the military hunt for African warlord Joseph Kony and his gang of thugs known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. It’s not clear why — though perhaps it is in reaction to earlier stories that report frustration among activists and futility on the hunt in Uganda.

Many say Kony, who is now arguably so marginalized as to be a fairly minor bad guy when it comes to the world’s leading bad guys, is no longer in Uganda. First, the reports said he was in DR Congo and now some say he is somewhere between Sudan and South Sudan.

Some think he might be dead.

In any case, the Kony manhunt goes on — driven by popular sentiment. Even Ugandans, many of whom angrily protested the showing of the Kony 2012 video, are reportedly more supportive of the effort.

If you don’t know about Kony, let me be the first to welcome you back to life on the grid. For the 99 percent of us who have been unable to avoid the massively successful social media campaign targeting this particular and peculiar bad guy, here’s the latest:

New York Times US troops assist in the search for Kony

Washington Post Kony hunt proving difficult for US troops

AP Uganda says Kony getting support from Sudan

Voice of America US uses high-tech intelligence methods to hunt down and stop Kony

For those of you interested in ongoing critique of the Stop Kony campaign, you can read the collection of essays and comments gathered at Project Diaspora by TMS Ruge in response to the very interesting report compiled and edited by Amanda Taub called Beyond Kony2012: Atrocity, Awareness and Activism in the Internet Age.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.