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U.S. Ends Hunt for Uganda’s Joseph Kony

Do you remember a couple years ago when social media was taken over by the #KONY2012 campaign to bring awareness to the atrocities warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army were wreaking in Uganda?

It was started by the organization Invisible Children and what followed was a documentary in 2012 called, “KONY 2012.” Celebrities jumped on to support (with some not even knowing what they were talking about) and it became so viral that it even got Oprah’s attention.

Long story short, Russell had a public meltdown which caused the #KONY2012 movement to become a joke.

This week, Kony’s name is in the news again because U.S. armed forces in Africa said they are ending their mission against Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army because senior leadership of the group has been “taken off the battlefield.”

General Thomas Waldhauser said in a conference call with reporters Kony’s rebel group is fighting for relevancy after their top leaders were killed or captured.

A day before Waldhauser’s comments, Ugandan government officials announced they were ending their search for Kony and last month, U.S. officials said they were ending their hunt for Kony as well.

The U.S. deployed 100 special forces troops in 2011 as advisers to fight the LRA and sent 150 airmen to assist African forces in the search for Kony.