Can a country known for its radical brutality become a country known for an even more radical forgiveness? More than a decade after the 1994 genocide, the Rwandan government has released tens of thousands of murderers back into the communities they ravaged. Survivors and perpetrators have had to learn to live again as neighbors.
Inspired by the award-winning film As We Forgive, this book explores the pain, the mystery, and the hope through seven compelling stories as victims, orphans, widows, and perpetrators journey toward reconciliation.
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heartbreaking yet inspiring
this book was hard to get through,it was so raw and visceral but the enduring message helps to get you through it.This was one of the most brutal conflicts in recorded human history yet somehow those who survived have managed to move past the ingrained hatred that one side felt for the other.The narrative of this book is essentially showing the brutality of individual attacks and then how survivors and perpetrators overcame the most nerve crushing pain and anguish that was felt by both parties
is hard to say in a book like this
is heartbreaking and not for the faint hearted.
i have read/listened to many books like this as it shines a light on the dichotomy of humanity,the hatred and hurting and our overwhelming spirit that helps people get through situations most of us have thankfully never faced.
the only downside for me,and maybe i am being churlish but to constantly crowbar religion(christian in the most part)and god in a book that is about breaking down barriers and divisions in all societies seem completely counter-productive.I know many people use there faith to help them overcome heartache and attribute this to the powers of god which may be the case but if we say that god/faith helped these people forgive then we must also be even handed and say that god/faith also helped allow the perpetrators carry out some of the most sickening rampages of terror ever seen.we can not just pick and choose what we want to attribute to any cause and ignore others just because it doesn't fit with our own narrative we want to portray
- Nicky Beet