Crowdfunding Goal: Find Joseph Kony

Adventurer Robert Young Pelton wants to film expedition
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Crowdfunding Goal: Find Joseph Kony
In this photo taken in 1996 and released by Robert Young Pelton on Tuesday, Pelton travels by boat along the Sembakung river on the island of Borneo, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Robert Young Pelton)

Big bureaucracies aren't the ones we should trust to track down the world's evildoers, says Canadian adventurer and writer Robert Young Pelton: Instead, we should leave it to him: Young has established a website to raise $450,000 in an effort to track down Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord and focus of the viral video Kony 2012. Pelton, who has written several books on previous expeditions, also wants to film the adventure. He has raised only about $7,600 in 11 days, but he says he also has private funders.

His search, he adds, has nothing to do with the $5 million bounty on Kony. "I'm not Wyatt Earp," trying to gather a posse, he tells the AP. And if he does find the warlord: "If Kony wants to just talk, we’ll talk," Pelton tells the National Post. "If he wants to go to the ICC and he wants me to take him there, I’ll handle that. I’m not going to walk up and shoot him in the face." He plans to start the search next year, if the funding is available. Says a spokesman for Uganda's military, whose troops have been seeking Kony: "We wish (Young) good luck. That's all I can say." (More crowdfunding stories.)

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