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Over the years, the orphaned boy, now a Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus, grew to overcome the pain of his terrible loss with the help of his faith.

Father Marcel Uwineza was only 14 years old when he witnessed the painful experience of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He saw his father, mother, two brothers and a sister murdered during the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus.
Father Marcel Uwineza was only 14 years old when he witnessed the painful experience of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He saw his father, mother, two brothers and a sister murdered during the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus. (photo: Sister Olga Massango / via ACI Africa)

Jude Atemanke/CNA/ACI AfricaWorldJanuary 17, 2023

Father Marcel Uwineza was only 14 years old when he had the painful experience of witnessing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He saw his father, mother, two brothers and a sister murdered during the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus.

Over the years, the orphaned boy, now a Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus, grew to overcome the pain of his terrible loss with the help of his faith. The topic of forgiveness and reconciliation is one of his research interests. 

In his new book, titled, Risen From the Ashes: Theology as Autobiography in Post-genocide Rwanda, the principal of the Kenya-based Hekima University College recalls his experience of surviving genocide through the lens of faith that seeks understanding. In the book, he strives to make spiritual sense of the tragic events of 1994 in the light of his priestly ministry, which fosters forgiveness and reconciliation.

“There are several reasons behind the writing of this book. I come from a country that has had several wounds; and so when I was growing up, I had this terrible experience of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, but then I have been privileged to have the opportunity to advance in studies through the Society of Jesus,” Father Uwineza said during the official launch of his new book on Jan. 13.

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Rwandan Priest Forgives His Family’s Killer: ‘We Shared a Drink, and We Were Shedding Tears’| National Catholic Register

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