Expert Witness: Assessing Kony 2012 With Reason

It’s not often that when a video that goes viral:

A: It is about an actual issue and not a cute but mischievous cat.

B: It causes serious discussions across social and news networks.

C: You are related to an expert of the topic of controversy.



As a result I am beyond pleased that I had the excuse to interview my father Rev. Dr. Emmanuel K. Twesigye, Aden S. and Mollie Wollam Benedicts Professor of Christian Studies, at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Dr. Twesigye has studied the Lord’s Resistance Army in the context of his academic background in Christian ethics, theology and church history for the past several decades. As a result, he is able to give us a point of view on the current controversy over the video, Kony 2012, that is not the result of  rigorous googling but rather a career of research and personal knowledge of Uganda, as he left as an adult avoiding persecution from Idi Amin.

Here is what the interview has to offer you:

  • His take on the Kony 2012 video
  • A brief history lesson on the convergence of theology and political conflict as it relates to Joseph Kony, Idi Amin, former President Milton Obote and current President Yoweri Musevini
  • Thoughts on reconciliation and whether holding destructive leaders accountable for their atrocities actually leads to healing
  • What the reconciliation process may look like in Northern Uganda
  • The priorities of the people and organizations working in Northern Uganda

As always we have a Deep Dive conversation where the interview goes deep into all of the topics covered above above and for those who lean toward the ADD end I have two shorter versions for you.

This clip get’s right to the heart of what so many people have been asking recently: What do you think about the Kony 2012 video?


This clip discusses the history of religion, geography and political conflict that created the opportunity for Kony in the first place.

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Civil Society Organizations for Peace in Northern Uganda

Conciliation Resources

Developing Education for Africa (DevEd) [Disclaimer my Dad is the President]

Uganda National NGO Directory


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