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Rwanda Since 1994Stories of Change$
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Hannah Grayson and Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941992

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.001.0001

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Imbabazi, Kwicuza and Christian Testimonials of Forgiveness

Imbabazi, Kwicuza and Christian Testimonials of Forgiveness

(p.211) Imbabazi, Kwicuza and Christian Testimonials of Forgiveness
Rwanda Since 1994

Madelaine Hron

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores thorny issues related to reconciliation and forgiveness in post-genocide, post-gacaca Rwanda. Specifically, it deliberates Christian notions of forgiveness along with Rwandan understandings of kwicuza (remorse) and imbabazi (pardon), and juxtaposes theological conceptualizations of forgiveness with psychosocial research on reconciliation in post-conflict areas. The chapter highlights noteworthy forgiveness projects in Rwanda, including those by the NGOs Twungubumwe Collectif and Just.Equipping. Most of this chapter however, delves into the representation of forgiveness in Christian testimonial accounts that are readily available in the West. Specifically, the chapter examines Led by Faith by controversial AiMA Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana; Immaculée Ilibagiza's "Catholic" bestseller Left To Tell and Frida Gashumba's more evangelical but also more realistic Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live.

Keywords:   Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Christian, post-gacaca Rwanda, perpetrator, victim, narrative, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Frida Gashumba, John Rucyahana

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