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Ex-Kony Soldier

Warlord May Have CURSED

Jason Russell

3/24/2012 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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African warlord Joseph Kony is a master of voodoo ... who may have willed an evil spirit to poison the mind of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell ... this according to a former member of Kony's child army.

TMZ spoke with Richard Akena ... who was captured by Kony's forces 4 separate times when he was a child and was forced to carry out Kony's evil bidding.

Akena tells us ... most people who were captured by Kony believe he is "being controlled by a devil spirit."

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Akena says it wasn't unusual to see Kony try to use voodoo magic in an effort to thwart his enemies in Africa ... and he believes the same voodoo magic could explain Russell's naked meltdown .

Russell's family says the breakdown can be chalked up to "reactive psychosis" ... caused by stress and lack of sleep. 

Still, Akena tells us he's convinced otherwise ... "This was Kony's doing."

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61.

Legit    

Not going to lie, I definitely thought about it.

856 days ago
62.

Eliza    

WTH make as much sense as any other explanation so far. Best of luck to him.

856 days ago
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Telma    

It was obvious to me that something
had been put on Russell!

856 days ago
64.

Craig    

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Luke 4:33 "And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not." And just because you call yourself a Christian doesn't mean you can't be demon possessed...

856 days ago
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zsazsa10    

why isn't this filth dead yet? are we out of navy seals?

856 days ago
66.

Tanya    

This is what has been said from the very beginning! When I first saw the video, I instantly knew that a curse had been placed on that man! No amount of medication will bring this man back to normal.

His family needs to find a witch doctor! This is the only cure for him! People can believe otherwise but this is the truth! I hope that he eventually gets back to his normal self because this is sad!

856 days ago
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Silverado Mom    

People are so mean here. I applaud the effort of Rosalyn Carter when it comes to mental health issues. Very sad that there is no empathy or understanding here. Just pure criticism for no good reason. Kind of like the unkindness from Kony...for no good reason. Where there's a God, there is a devil. And it doesn't surprise me to hear that he has vexed him with voodoo in the form of psychosis and beyond.

856 days ago
68.

Jackie    

LOL....So TMZ you have sources in Uganda?...Or you are not a shamed to copy and paste?

856 days ago
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Silverado Mom    

Why does TMZ put up the same story numerous times over? It's like they hate Jason? Not sure what their hidden agenda is, but I find it sad and unfounded.

856 days ago
70.

bb    

I actually believe in curses and sh*t - but I think they can only really effect already messed up crazy people.

856 days ago
71.

cogboy    

so that was just a lisa bonet tribal dance? maybe we can call ted haggard to come lay hands upon him...

856 days ago
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cogboy    

a methed out closet queen does a naked lady gaga dance on the corner of a san diego intersection in broad daylight and a civilized society finds away to blame voodoo? gas prices are a kenyan curse and black kids in white hoodies should be shot... post racism my ass!

856 days ago
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superbadnerves1    

voodoo is real it is a religion but it had nothing to do with this crazy as* white boy he is on that shi* just say it damn

856 days ago
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Mr pro Dj    

There was a big movie that came out in the 1970's / 1980's about this very scenario, it was based on a true story, I think Yaphet Kotto, "kanaga / mr big from live and let die" was in it,

it was about a american businessman did a deal with a dictator in africa and the deal went south so the dictator put the businessman under a curse,

the businessman went mad, he saw ghosts everywhere he went, when he looked in the mirror he saw blood on his face,

he was on very little sleep, does anyone remember the name of that movie, I can't find it and I would like to watch it again,

856 days ago
75.

cogboy    

i must say that i am intrigued by the cultural differences in attempting to explain just what happened. in a society where voodoo is an accepted and recognized religion, it serves as a reasonable explanation for russell's behavior. here in america, where corporations are people and money is a god, it would not be far-fetched to believe that russell's supporters planted this story as a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from all types of probable scandals, from fraud to drug abuse to closeted homosexuality...

but somehow, greg brady in the cave with a voodoo doll" seems an unlikely solution in this game of clue...

856 days ago
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