Mbyo village hosts Interpeace delegation
The PF Rwanda’s Mbyo reconciliation village yesterday hosted the Interpeace President and the members of his staff, the mayor of Bugesera District, and other officials. The purpose of the visit was to witness what practical reconciliation looks like inside one of the 8 reconciliation villages initiated by Prison Fellowship Rwanda.
Mbyo reconciliation village is located in Bugesera District. It accommodates more than 400 occupants comprised of former genocide perpetrators, genocide survivors who in many cases were hurt by the same perpetrators, the returnees, and other vulnerable families. The residents of this village, like other villages run by PF Rwanda, have stepped beyond forgiveness to embark on a reconciliatory journey. Over the years, former offenders and genocide survivors have been facilitated in the process of repentance and forgiveness whereby, based on former offenders’ confessions and the willingness of survivors to sit together for dialogues, they have been able to overcome a bitter and painful past setting themselves up to improve their psychological resilience and living conditions through collective income-generating activities.
The Interpeace president commended the efforts deployed around this initiative. ” We greatly appreciate the impressive work the Rwandan government, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, and Bugesera District communities are doing to reconcile and heal the wounds of the past”, said Scott M.Weber, Interpeace president.
The onsite visit was performed following the launch of ” Reinforcing community capacity for social cohesion through societal trauma healing”, a pilot project that will be implemented in the Bugesera District and expected to expand across the country.