He is the son only a mother could love, but now the leader of Uganda’s Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, doesn’t even have that. His 86-year-old mother died in hospital after years spent trying to get her son to give up his two-decade-long rebellion, travelling to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 to get him to take part in peace talks. Kony says he wants to establish a society based on the 10 Commandments, but his LRA rebels are known for kidnapping and mutilating tens of thousands of kids, who become fighters and sex slaves. Wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes, Kony is a former Catholic altar boy. The BBC says according to reports in local papers, his long-suffering mum was a religious woman who believed her son was tormented by evil spirits. Read more: BBC, Newsweek
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