11 Sep '12, 1pm

Is Slaughtering Elephants Joseph Kony’s Latest Lifeline?

Is Slaughtering Elephants Joseph Kony’s Latest Lifeline?

Killing elephants may be the newest source of revenue for Joseph Kony , leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Several recent escapees from the LRA, the brutal rebel outfit that circulates in central Africa killing villagers and enslaving children, said that Kony had ordered his fighters to kill as many elephants as possible and send him the tusks. From The New York Times : “Kony wants ivory,” said a young woman who was kidnapped earlier this year near Garamba and did not want to be identified because she was still terrified. “I heard the other rebels say it many times: ‘We need to get ivory and send it to Kony.’ ” She said that in her four months in captivity, before she ran away one night when the rebels got drunk, she saw them kill 10 elephants, wrap the tusks in cloth sacks and send them to Mr. Kony at his hiding place. Other recent escapees said that the group ha...

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