This video of a Rwandan genocide survivor sharing his story of forgiveness will inspire you
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A man who saw his father murdered in front of him during the 1994 Rwandan genocide has spoken about his forgiveness of the people responsible. Hyppolite Ntigurirwa was seven when his father was killed in the genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in a 100-day period. The majority of those murdered were Tutsis, and a great number of those who committed the violence were Hutus. “Many people from my family were killed and some raped in front of me when I was a child,” he told attendees at the One Young World Conference in Bogota, Colombia. “I saw my dad being killed and fed to the dogs to eat. I never even had a chance to bury him.” Ntigurirwa survived the atrocities by hiding under dead bodies in mass graves. He says he “lived like a wild animal, hiding in the bush but always expecting that I would be killed.” Ntigurirwa told his story to delegates at the conference to raise awareness of the importance of forgiveness in achieving lasting peace. After the genocide was over, Ntigurirwa began to enjoy school and studying, but when he was 15, he could no longer afford the transport fare, and was forced to drop out. “All the frustrations of my young life came to the surface,” he said. “I started to imagine ways that I too could become a killer and avenge the deaths of my father, my relatives and the people of my village.
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