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Overcoming hatred and violence
Immaculée Ilibagiza
RwandaGALLERYCONVERSATION
My country is a country that has been destroyed by hatred. Genocide really is the highest form of hatred.
I also completely believe in the power of the prayer; that if we really pray for peace and if we then pray for those who are doing wrong, something will happen. This is not to say that you go and hug them or do anything like that. But if you pray for them to change, for this evil to leave their hearts, to let them go, I believe this can bring about a change.
And now is the time for our generation of women to show the world that we can really create peace. This is our opportunity as a generation. It is the chance the world has given us to save the world from so much hatred. It has been going on for so long. But women are able to care for children even when they don’t have anything. We are able to care for people, for instance sometimes a husband, who don’t treat us well or who don’t love us.
I think our generation is more awake. You know, I think we have been waiting for somebody to do something different. Now women are strong; waking up to do something different. I think of course our mothers and our grandmothers have worked with that just by giving us little ideas slowly to reach where we are.
This is not to say that women did not participate in the war in Rwanda. They did collaborate. I know some of them did but not as many. Very few. And you just wonder because the power is given to everybody to kill; to do wrong. But only a few did and of course, of those who did, they did wrong.
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