Forgiveness in Post-Genocide Rwanda

742 WordsJan 25, 20183 Pages
As said in Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” After the genocide, which took the lives of countless loved ones, Rwandans re-found their faith in order to forgive their wrongdoers. Moreover, many of the Rwandan’s needed to forgive each other for their crimes in order to deal with the pain of losing their family members. Rwanda is a small country where the individuals depend upon each other for the basic needs in life. Once the genocide had ended, the government needed its citizens to cooperate with each other and forgive in order to restore peace to the country. For the Rwandans, forgiveness is a way to self-heal, reconnect with God and to help the government become one again. In the African nation of Rwanda, two tribes started a genocide which took the lives of more than 800,000 people. The Hutus and the Tutsis were enemies for generations; however the everyday bickering and blank threats snowballed into a catastrophe. The genocide spread throughout the country with overwhelming speed and violence. Everyone, from average citizens to high standing priests, took part in murdering their neighbors and friends. After years of murders and torture, the Tutsis took control of Rwanda in July of 1994 and ended the genocide. Afterwards, citizens started to seek revenge and closure for their loved ones who had been taken from them. Due to the high number of people who took part in the genocide killings, numerous
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