Author Country :Rwanda Genre Type :True Story Location :Rwanda Year of Publication :0/ Publication :Once Upon a Time in Africa (2004), African Stories For Preachers and Teachers(2005) Sub Theme :Conflict Resolution, Ethnicity/Tribalism/Genocide, Inspiration, Peace/Peacmaking/War/ Author Name :Father Thomas McDonnell, M.M./ Author City :
In a particular section of Kigali, Rwanda of mixed Hutu
and Tutsi Ethnic Groups, the genocidal war broke out with a bloody vengeance.
Neighbors attacked neighbors. In one area a Hutu man murdered his Tutsi
neighbor. Later after the Rwandan Patriotic Front won the war and took over the
government, local investigations of the atrocities started. The wife of the dead
Tutsi man was asked to identify her husband’s murderer. She refused knowing that
the Hutu man would be arrested, imprisoned and perhaps killed in return. The
woman said that she preferred to remain silent to save another life. She said:
"This is enough. This killing has to stop somewhere. One murder does not justify
another killing. We have to break the cycle of violence and end this genocide."
So she chose to forgive.