‘Northern Ireland needs to learn about reconciliation from the people of Rwanda,’ says Belfast author Tony Macaulay
This week I travelled to Rwanda to learn about the remarkable work of reconciliation that has happened there since the terrible genocide. I believe the rest of the world, including Northern Ireland, has a lot to learn from Rwanda about forgiveness and reconciliation after the horrors of violence.
Northern Ireland has had peace for twenty years, but our reconciliation has been limited, superficial and faltering compared to the courageous survivors and perpetrators in Rwanda. Northern Ireland needs to learn from Rwanda what true reconciliation after violence looks like and feels like.
As a result of this challenge, I’m committed, with a small team of other volunteers from around the world, to developing a Rwanda Peace & Reconciliation Centre. Our vision is to establish an international centre to share the Rwandan experience of forgiveness between survivors and perpetrators of genocide with post conflict communites around the world.