The escaped child soldier at the center of the viral video about Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony is telling his story eight years after the video was shot, according to the Daily News.

Jacob Acaye opened up to ABC News Friday about the plight of Uganda's children. His brother was killed by the Ugandan guerrilla group when he tried to escape from Kony's clutches. 


"They cut his neck … I saw," Acaye said in the video Kony 2012. "It is better when you kill us … For us, we don't want now to stay," Acaye told the camera.

The video, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 50 million times in under five days, has put Kony and Uganda on the world stage. The producers are hoping that the momentum building around the video will help bring down Kony and the rebel group.

Acaye was 13 when the video was shot. He is now 21 and studying law in the same Uganda he once feared. "It's a good life, a really good life," he told ABC News. "I have so many nice friends."

Despite the optimism the video conveys about possibly ending Kony's reign of alleged terror, Acaye still isn't sure. 


"I still don't know when will it end," he said. "The more time is ticking, the more people are dying. The more people are still suffering. The more people [are] being abducted."

Read more at the Daily News.

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