Speaking to the congregation, former genocide perpetrators said that they were relieved from shame of crimes they committed against humanity.
Gratien Nyaminani said that seeking for forgiveness helped him fully re-integrate into the society. “I asked for forgiveness from God and Rwandan community. I’m well integrated in the society. We now unconditionally share with other members of the community,” he said.
Bertha Yamfashije, a genocide survivor whose husband was killed by Nyaminani affirmed that she was relieved from sorrow.
“As the government forgave genocide perpetrators, we were also convinced to move forward and forgive them individually. Before approaching me for forgiveness, none could greet another,” she said adding that today they live in harmony.
The Executive Secretary for the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), Fidèle Ndayisaba said that forgiveness is a good approach to building sustainable peace.