“I have always perceived Gahigi as a killer—but I now see him as a human being because of his confession today.”
- A participant in the Bugesera Dialogue Club
By Seth Karamage
Karuna Center Peacebuilding Associate Seth Karamage shared these reflections after a meeting of a community Dialogue Club in Bugesera district, where he has been mentoring new dialogue facilitators as part of our Healing Our Communities program in Rwanda. The program is strengthening social cohesion and reconciliation in 16 communities throughout Rwanda, as people continue to cope with the effects of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi.
We have been excited to collaborate with National Geographic on an article within their April 2018 special issue—“The Race Issue”—which is scheduled for release on newsstands today. The article, Why Do We See So Many Things as 'Us vs. Them'?, features two photographs of participants in our Healing Our Communities program in Rwanda.
Healing Our Communities is a collaborative effort among Karuna Center and three Rwandan organizations: Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC), Institute for Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), and the Rwandan office of Aegis Trust.
Boniface Twagiramungu and Marie Uwambaje, featured in the April 2018 issue of National Geographic. Marie chose to forgive Boniface after he asked for forgiveness “from his heart.” Though many people have asked for or given some kind of forgiveness (for example, as part of trials for genocide crimes), the act of truly asking for and receiving forgiveness “from the heart” is a deeper, ongoing need within Rwanda. Many participants say the Healing Our Communities program has provided that opportunity.
The Healing our Communities program in Rwanda works closely with our three Rwandan partner organizations to address grievances from the 1994 genocide—focusing on a total of 16 communities where tensions remain particularly high.
We are sharing two inspiring videos made by youth participants in this program. Each tells the powerful story of survivors and former perpetrators of the genocide, who are now working toward reconciliation and peace.
The Rwanda We Want
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