Today, as Rwanda commemorates the 20th anniversary of the brutal genocide that left 800,000 dead and 2 million displaced, politicians and pundits around the world will once again take to the newspaper columns and TV talk shows to discuss Rwanda's progress since the genocide. Such debates, however, often take away from the more basic truth that is: healing is unquantifiable; 20 years later, reconciliation continues to occur one encounter at a time.
So what do these 'encounters' look like? For some, like those featured in the New York Times Magazine piece, Portraits of Reconciliation, reconciliation has been person-to-person; it's been neighbor apologizing to neighbor, friend to friend, perpetrator to survivor. For the vast majority however, reconciliation has been and continues to be a personal struggle.
We at 3 Generations believe in the power of storytelling to facillitate catharsis and empower the storyteller. Today, on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, please help us offer the same opportunity we were able to provide Freddy, Anne Marie, Patrick, and Francine years ago. Donate to our End of Atrocity campaign today.