I remember learning about the genocide in Rwanda in school. It’s one of those things that stands out as a moment of emotional pain as a kid. Learning about what happened, why it happened, and the effects it had on the world, it definitely was a tough pill to swallow. 20 years on, a collection of photos have been floating around the web depicting the continuous effort of reconciliation that has been occurring in Rwanda. Photographer Pieter Hugo took some incredible portraits of a Hutu perpetrator who has been granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime. In one photo, a woman poses with her hand on the shoulder of the man who slaughtered her father and brothers. Hugo has done an incredible job of showing how in Rwanda reconciliation happens one encounter at a time. Read on to see these touching portraits.
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See all the portraits and the stories on the New York Times article.