20th Commemoration of the Genocide Against The Tutsi

I’ve always been absolutely amazed by the power of the human spirit. It’s amazing to me that people can be put through so much here on this earth – yet remain hopeful – in such dire circumstances.

I was privileged to attend the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide Against The Tutsi last weekend – and I cannot even describe how moved I was.

It was 20 years ago that one million Rwandans were killed. Survivors living in this community lost most of their family members, including parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends. However, through this atrocity, they have found a way to ban together, to help inspire, to help renew, to help forgive. These beautiful people lost so much – yet somehow, they have found a way to forgive and help others do the same. They love without measure and don’t take a single day – or moment for granted. And their faith is unwavering.

It was a honor to be in their presence. And hear their stories. I am forever grateful – and humbled – to get a mere glimpse into their lives … they are TRUE survivors – and heroes.

“We are preaching hope, standing on the bones of the past.” ~John Rucyahana

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