Portraits of Reconciliation

portrait of reconcilation

A very moving piece of photo journalism recently appeared in the NY Times Magazine.  It consists of a powerful series of portraits and brief interviews, each pairing a perpetrator of horrific violence in Rwanda with a surviving victim in each case.  It conveys power of truth, forgiveness and reconciliation, even in the most dire circumstances one can imagine.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/06/magazine/06-pieter-hugo-rwanda-portraits.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=0

I fine these kinds of stories difficult but also extremely inspiring. I figure if these folks can forgive after what they have been through, surely I should be able to forgive. I also appreciate the way in which the power of community and ceremony are being used to support people as they go through this.

About Eileen Barker

EILEEN BARKER has been writing and speaking on forgiveness, and guiding people who need to either forgive themselves or someone else, for many years. A practicing litigation lawyer who rejected the traditional adversarial role, Eileen has focused her practice on mediation, helping thousands of people resolve disputes outside of court. This work led her into a deep exploration of forgiveness as it relates to resolving conflict and making peace, both with others and oneself.

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