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Rwanda: Repentance and Forgiveness – Pillars of Genuine Reconciliation

  • Antoine Rutayisire
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Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Abstract

In less than a hundred days from April 7th to July 4th, 1994, more than 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus of Rwanda were massacred in one of the worst genocides of the century. Up to date, people are still trying to process the causes of this madness. How could such a thing happen? How to explain such madness?

Keywords

Restorative Justice Refugee Camp Cultural Narrative Reconciliation Commission Ethnic Division 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Rutayisire
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  1. 1.Modern Literature and Curriculum DevelopmentRwanda UniversitykigaliRwanda

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