Mukankusi Seraphine lost her husband and her 4 children in the1994 genocide. During the selection of Empower participants, she was very hesitant to attend this worskshop; the cell leader who invited her, failed to convince her.
She told him that she was tired of this kind of workshop that doesn’t bring any change in peoples lives, as she had already attended another training session about unity and reconciliation and she didn’t want to attend another one. Furthermore she didn’t want to be in a workshop together with Eliab, as she has been informed about other people from her village who had been invited, who had killed her husband.
Finally, “By the grace of God I decided to come in the workshop,” Seraphine said. One of the exercises particularly impacted her. Learning about the water tank, poisonous chemicals, bags, and about forgiveness, has brought relief in her soul. She couldn’t believe that she would attend the same workshop with Eliab. But at the end of the workshop she decided to forgive Eliab, after understanding how to put down the “bags” and the importance of forgiving.
She is still in her journey of healing especially with the trauma from seeing her daughter killed after being raped.