There is Béatrice who endured unimaginable suffering and still found the strength to forgive. There is Pasteur Théophile who could not even speak to his neighbors before the workshop but is now counseling them. There is Samuel who gave up his family, friends, and safety for the truth and now lives with government guards surrounding his house. There is Venancie who took the hand of her enemy and let him lead her through darkness to come out fearless on the other side.
These are just a few of the remarkable people that HROC has touched
since it began four years ago. There are hundreds more whose stories
are too numerous to fit into these bounded pages. They stand as proof
that another way is possible, that with the right vehicle and inspiration,
healing and reconciliation can take place.
Alone the HROC program cannot achieve reconciliation, but as François and others have testified, it can create a space where two people – two people who have every reason in the world to hate each other - choose to love one another instead. It is not happening quickly, but workshop by workshop, person by person, Rwandans are choosing love.