Kony 2012: Should the LRA Be Forgiven?

Yesterday I discussed the virtues of punishing African warlord Joseph Kony, a goal famously shared by the Kony 2012 campaign. Today I became aware of a different kind of campaign--a campaign in Uganda to forgive officers and footsoldiers in Kony's Lord's Resistance Army for the atrocities they were party to, and to reintegrate them into the communities they left and in some cases victimized.

The video below, produced by the Fetzer Institute, documents this effort. Whether or not you consider forgiveness appropriate, I think you'll have to agree that this is a remarkable undertaking. We join the 21-minute Fetzer documentary about halfway through it, when it starts to focus on the forgiveness and reconciliation campaign. You can watch the whole documentary from the beginning here.

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Robert Wright is the author of The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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