Rwandan Genocide
Surviving Rwandan Genocide & Forgiving Its Perpetrators

Immaculée Ilibagiza recalls the start of the Rwandan Genocide on April 7, 1994 by the Hutu majority in Rwanda and going into hiding in a small bathroom because she was a Tutsi. She describes praying to not be caught when Hutus were looking for more victims and not being found: “For me, it was that moment that gave me back my faith.” Ilibagiza describes how through self-reflection and God, she learned to not hate the perpetrators: “I don’t have to hate them for me to find justice”–she is even reunited with a friend, who is Hutu. Ilibagiza says, “When you forgive, you can be objective. And really see that the person who have hurt you doesn’t mean that their whole tribe had done that…what I found when I was able to let go of that anger.”

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Submitted by: Virginia Choi
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