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    Rwanda Today: Unimaginable forgiveness


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer Jon Warren works with the nonprofit organization World Vision and visited the area of Nyamagabe in southern Rwanda in September 2013. This community was the same place he photographed the violence and destruction of the Rwandan genocide years ago. He says much has changed since those days and many families who were once enemies have forgiven each other and are now friends. 'This village in Nyamagabe, once a place of hatred and death, is now a place of peace,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Six months ago I went to a community in Rwanda, close to the same communities where I photographed the violence and impact of the genocide years ago. This time I photographed children who are best friends, even though their parents were on opposite sides of the genocide. The unimaginable has happened. The genocide hasn’t been forgotten, but within these families there has been forgiveness and reconciliation.


    I've been back to Rwanda many times, and watched the slow process of reconciliation take effect. But the last time was the first time I was with a family who had been bitter enemies and directly harmed each other, and who were now the closest of friends because of reconciliation work! The non-profit World Vision started in that community doing relief, so they've seen the entire spectrum of assistance and development. Our society is so focused on justice, on punishment for evil doers. But here there was complete forgiveness. We have lots to learn from them!


    -Jon Warren, photographer, World Vision

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