Genocide’s Toll on a Nation Renewed
Josh (last name) was 6 years old when a 100 days of
genocide began in Rwanda 20 years ago. It was a planned mass-murder
of 800,000 Rwandese in an attempt to exterminate the Tutsi tribe.
Since Rwanda’s tragedy, commerce has grown. Education is
surging. And a sense of security is felt throughout the
nation. The world is praising the return of Rwanda. But how
does a nation revive from racial violence that killed and
traumatized so many? Rwanda is recovering one life at a time. What
allows some survivors to do more than survive? Many victims of
the violent past say it is the power of forgiveness. Today Rwanda
is taking steps of healing and remembrance. In this nation’s hope,
we find our own.