1994 served as a bloody year for Rwanda. Tensions led the Hutu tribe to kill approximately 800,00 people of the Tutsi tribe. As disastrous as this sounds, these two tribes now live together in peace.
Photographer Jeremy Cowart took on a project to prove that with love, even the greatest wounds can be healed and past enemies can be forgiven and friends. Cowart photographed members from both tribes (one being a victim and one the “oppressor”) for the peaceful portrayal. Each picture has a sign with messages such as “Forgiveness releases fear” and “We restored our humanity.”
When I came across this feature, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with adoration. Here in the US, we often hold the most ridiculous grudges (ex: that beezy stole my parking spot!) while others in the rest of the world suffer incredible and incomparable endearments everyday. Why is it that those who have lost those dearest to them can still have hearts strong enough to forgive?
It must be agape— the highest form of love, the unconditional type of love. These tribes truly display what agape is about. They set aside their differences and forgave their past in order to restore their home. I don’t know much about politics but as a person living in this world, we really need more stories that prove we the people are capable of using our love to heal.
Sorry if this post seems random since I haven’t been blogging here in a while but after I came across this article, I just knew I had to share it. Click the picture for the link for more information and to see more pictures from Cowart. I hope it inspires you as much as it did for me!