I’ve reported on Kony for a few years now, and what always disturbs me is speaking to the victims. It’s incredibly sad and most of them are very traumatized. Some of them, it should be said, have been brutalized not just by the LRA but by the armies of DRC, Sudan, and Uganda as well, so they’ve been doubly or triply victimized. They have awful stories of having to kill people by force, or be killed, of witnessing rapes, mutilations, beatings, torture. etc. And hearing small children say these things is always very disturbing.
Scott Johnson, a reporter who followed the Ugandan Army’s hunt for Joseph Kony, is hosting an AMA. The above is his answer to the question “Was there anything that really made you upset or distressed which you saw when you got over there?” asked by redditor Wolfhunters. He wrote a piece for this week’s Newsweek.