What of the thousands of women who were raped, but dare not speak of it lest
they be rejected by their families and society? What of the product of those
rapes--babies, now children, who are shunned by society and their mothers?Much more work to be done.
Rwanda is beautiful. It is vibrant. It is clean and forward looking. It is a
place stable and robust in moving into its future. Often a place with such a
horrible past tries to forget it and move on. They do not. But they also do not
let it pull down their hope for a better day tomorrow. Their faith in the
future helps them to believe that the past is overcomable. There has been more
death and killing in Rwanda than the whole Palestinian vs. Israeli conflict. But
they are moving passed it and not letting it define them. They no longer
differentiate between Hutu and Tutsi (of course they do) but the focus is more
on being Rwandan, than being one of the two divisions. They are Rwandan. There
is almost nothing brighter than when you engage a Rwandan and they flash that
great smile. I miss being there,being with them and being part of a group
there. I miss my brothers and sisters. Of course it has problems. But there is
nothing worse than being in a place where they say,"yeah, this is the way it
is" and accepting it. Rwanda is dedicated to change!
When I got off the plane in Kigali in 2007 I knew genocide investigations was
going to be a large part of my time there. I believed I would slowly understand
how this could have taken place. Not the mechanics of it; that is a matter of
record, but how a neighbor could kill the people living next to them. I no
better understood as I got on the plane 3 years later. But by then I realized it
was OK not to understand. If you understood then that implied some rationale,
some logic to it. There wasn't. I know the impetus, but not how a man or
woman kills their neighbor. And their other neighbor. And keeps doing it.
Keeping lists. YOU may have not swung the panga, but when you followed up the
lists as an assignments from your Umadugudugu you were/are accountable still.
Being faithful to the job, tiring of it but still attempting to be efficient in
it only makes it worse. Rwanda is beautiful now. Most especially because there
is so much forgiveness there. The article describes a program very similar to
the government sponsored legal proceedings called Gachacha. Google it.
For the Phoenix Bird to fly out of the ashes, it can't dwell on them. It
has to fly out of them, leaving them in the past. You will never forget your
love but you can get rid of the hate. The past is determined, the future is
uncertain, the present is what you've got. Live your life for life
to have a life to live for.
There is good in a world of hate & violence, and this story and more like it
must be told more often. A profound impact on my heart. It makes the case for
the scripture "no more desire t do evil but to do good continually"