Portraits of Reconciliation in Rwanda Live


Godefroid Mudaheranwa, left, and Evasta Mukanyandwi. He burned her house and tried to kill her and her children. She was moved by his apology on bended knee. (Lana Mesic)  
by Fabiola Carletti
Rabiaâ Benlahbib notes that series photographers, Pieter Hugo and Lana Mesic, took very different approaches to their subjects. Mesic asked them to think back to the moment of forgiveness. (Lana Mesic) 
by Fabiola Carletti
Deogratias Habyarimana, right, Cesarie Mukabutera. He originally asked for forgiveness as a condition for release from jail, but felt a change in his heart when she accepted, and pardoned him for being involved in the deaths of her children. Forgiveness makes people into good neighbours again, she said. (Pieter Hugo)What   
by Fabiola Carletti
What is forgiveness in an "extremely heavy context", wonders Benlahbib. (Lana Mesic)  
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Juvenal Nzabamwita, right, and Cansilde Kampundu. He looted her home - but there was a worse crime to atone for. He begged forgiveness on behalf of his father, who killed her children. She accepted, noting that the past can't be undone. (Pieter Hugo)
by Fabiola Carletti
François Sinzikiramuka, left, quietly stands with a man he once wanted to hurt, Christophe Karorero. (Pieter Hugo)  
by Fabiola Carletti
Many victims and perpetrators still live in the same communities. Victims need to prepare themselves mentally to see their assailants over and over again, says Benlahbib. (Lana Mesic) 
by Fabiola Carletti
Benlahbib explains that local organizations, which have been working with victims and perpetrators for years, helped connect the photographers with willing participants. (Lana Mesic)  
by Fabiola Carletti
There are many sides to forgiveness, says Benlahbib.  (Lana Mesic)  
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"Somehow a country needs to go on ... in order to really go on, you have to find hope in something", says Benlahbib (Lana Mesic)
by Fabiola Carletti
Forgiveness is a very complex issues, says Benlahbib. A victim must decide if they trust the perpetrator's apology, which can be a condition for early release from prison.(Pieter Hugo)  
by Fabiola Carletti
Mesic would ask people to point to where, on a makeshift scale, they would place their level of forgiveness. Although everybody who participated said they were okay with each other, the scales show the different levels of peace within. (Lana Mesic)Benlahbib 
by Fabiola Carletti
How long does a victim stay a victim? And how long does a perpetrator stay a perpetrator? It's something Benlahbib still wonders. (Lana Mesic) 
by Fabiola Carletti
The images are presently on display at The Hague, but will soon make their way to Rwandan soil. (Lana Mesic)
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