The oppression of northern Ugandans, particularly the Acholi ethnic group, by the southern dominated government led to the creation of multiple armed resistance groups. In 1988, Joseph Kony formed the most famous one: the group that would become the LRA. Kony is part of the Acholi tribe and a self-proclaimed spiritual medium. He founded the LRA on a dogmatic hybrid of Christianity, Acholi traditional spiritualism, and, later, Islamic law. After years of fighting between the north and south, the Acholi were no longer interested in supporting groups like the LRA. Kony soon turned against his own community for this betrayal.


1985 to 1990
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