“Let the Devil Sleep : Rwanda 20 Years After Genocide” is a beautiful, twenty minute video of four Rwandans whose paths crossed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Two of those interviewed were the hunted, their family members massacred; the other two were the hunters who helped perpetrate the now notorious human rights abuses.
Almost 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were slaughtered in just one hundred days by ethnic Hutu extremists. After the genocide, the four Rwandans in this film committed to the formal national reconciliation process, and joined a larger a group of survivors and perpetrators.
Together, they sought peace. Most impressive was their commitment to the hard work of confession and repentance, the even harder work of forgiveness, and then the fruit of reconciliation that followed. Those who continue to lead the reconciliation process admit that on a larger scale there is still much work to do, and not everyone has responded as well as these four to the reconciliation process. Yet a solid foundation for the preservation of peace has been laid … in just twenty years.
The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission of Rwanda indicates that “overall, the reconciliation process has had successes and has helped Rwanda to emerge from its period of transition. More than four million refugees have returned to Rwanda and the majority of them have been able to recover their wealth. More than 300,000 orphans have been adopted without regard to their ethnic group.”
It’s amazing what can be accomplished when humility leads and none of the essential steps in the reconciliation process are overlooked.