Hirwa Benoit and Ruremesha Jean de Dieu
Benoit lost his father and 9 siblings during the genocide. He also survived miraculously through the RPF military while the militias’ attack was about to find him from where he was hidden.
He attended the same empower with Jean de Dieu Ruremesha who was part of the group which killed the family members of Benoit. According to Jean de Dieu, he believed that Tutsi were supposed to be killed that is why until the time of the workshop he could not understand why he was arrested and spend many years in the prison.
Jean de Dieu said, “ This workshop helped me to understand very well that what I did during the genocide is beyond any human being understanding. I didn’t know that we were all the same people. From the bottom of my heart I want to ask for forgiveness to Benoit for what I have done to him. I don’t know if I deserve forgiveness. What we have learned here changed my mind and my heart, Benoit, please forgive me."
As Benoit stood up, he explained in details how the workshop has helped him and he expressed forgiveness to Jean de Dieu.
Benoit also said that: “ I wish that the government would support this workshop and spread all around the country. This workshop helped me to heal all the pains and it went beyond what happened in Gacaca court. I want to not only forgive Jean de Dieu but all the Hutus who were together with him in killing my family members including my father.”