KAMPALA, Uganda – How can you crowd-fund the hunt for a war criminal on the run deep in Africa's jungles? A Canadian adventurer wants to do just that: raise funds and take a small band of former soldiers to find Joseph Kony.
Robert Young Pelton, whose scheme has already drawn criticism from a pair of Africa experts, is the latest to join a line of private individuals and aid groups who are trying to corner the alleged mass murderer and members of his Lord's Resistance Army. Kony remains elusive despite the deployment of 100 U.S. special forces to aid the hunt — which is mostly carried out by Ugandan troops — and the efforts by private groups.
Pelton's $500,000 crowd-funding bid via indiegogo has raised only about $7,500 in two weeks.