The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones

The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones

Bishop John Rucyahana

4.9.2007

Bishop John Rucyahana

A native of Rwanda, John Rucyahana fled his homeland at age 14 during the 1959 Tutsi persecution and exile. He lived the next 38 years in Uganda where he was serving as the diocesan Missions Coordinator of the Anglican Church when the Rwandan genocide erupted in 1994. He immediately led mission teams into Rwanda to minister and preach, continuing to do so for the next three years. In 1997, Rucyahana left his Ugandan ministries to become the Anglican Bishop of the Shyira Diocese in northwest Rwanda, the largest and most devastated diocese in the country.

Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana of Rwanda discusses his book “The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones,” in a public address at the Clinton School. Rucyahana recounts what he saw as a witness to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and addresses his perspective on how such a thing could occur and how Rwanda is dealing with it by turning to God for solace. He discusses such issues as the role of the international community in creating and preventing conditions for genocide, lessons the world can learn from Rwanda, among other topics.