Army of God
In late 2010, journalist David Axe traveled to Democratic Republic of Congo to report on the devastation being wrought there by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group led by Joseph Kony. Originally organized in opposition to the government of Yoweri Museveni, the LRA’s activities later spread beyond Uganda and into Sudan, Central African Republic, and the DRC. The group, which many argue has devolved into teams of religiously-inspired bandits, is credited with widespread human rights violations throughout Central Africa. “I hoped to bring some attention to the LRA’s crimes,” Axe told me recently. “Of course, my own efforts ended up overshadowed by Invisible Children and the #Kony2012 campaign.”
In the wake of Invisible Children’s public awareness campaign and the controversy it engendered comes Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa, a graphic novel based on Axe’s reporting in which he chronicles the LRA’s depravity from a variety of angles. Axe tells the stories of Congolese victimized by Kony’s group, reports on the uneven performance of UN peacekeepers in the country, details the international response to the LRA, and catches readers up on developments since the Invisible Children fiasco and the deployment of American military personnel to the region.