17 years ago today, a plane carrying President Habyarimana of Rwanda was shot down. That event caused an eruption of mass killings that we have now come to call the Rwandan Genocide. Somewhere between 800,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed in the next 100 days...an amazing percentage of this tiny African nation were just wiped out. People who had once been family, friends, and neighbors, turned on each other and created crimes that are too horrific to think about.
But it happened. And we can't forget that. We can't forget that as humans we are that close to complete tradgedy. We can't think that we are somehow above what happened there...these people were not less human than us. These people are my son's people and he is just as beautifully human as us prideful Westerners. And we are just as heartbreakingly fallen as those that wielded machettes during those 100 days. And we need to remember that.
We need to remember not only so that we can learn from what happened, but so that we can wonder at the incredible healing and reconciliation that is occurring there now. If we don't understand the pain, we can't possible understand how amazing the hope is that now exists in Rwanda.
There is a documentary that you MUST watch. It is about Rwanda and reconciliation, but more importantly it is about the human spirit and what it means to forgive. Do yourself a favor, watch it and allow God to teach you about what forgiveness truly is.
Here is the trailer... As We Forgive