An Anglican bishop from Rwanda will visit Derry later this month to discuss his experiences of reconciliation in a divided society.
Bishop Nathan Amooti, Anglican bishop of Cyangugu, is being brought to the city as part of a cross community initiative organised by the Church of Ireland and Catholic Church.
The Rwandan bishop will discuss his experiences of the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s and the efforts to heal the wounds of the divided society it created.
During 100 days in 1994 more than 100 Rwandans were killed when intercommunal violence erupted with neighbour killing neighbour. Almost 20 per cent of the population of the east African state were killed when the Hutus massacred the Tutsis.
The mass slaughter and genocide eventually led to the creation of the International Criminal Court to deal with acts of genocide in July 1998
His visit is being organised by Archdeacon Robert Miller from Christ Church and Fr Paul Farren, administrator of St Columb’s Cathedral. During the visit, Bishop Amooti will speak at a public event in Christ Church, Infirmary Road, on July 22 at 8pm, entitled ‘Reconciliation - To Dream the Impossible Dream.’
In his talk he will ask a number of questions, including; is reconciliation in a divided society an impossible dream?; do we have an alternative to benign apartheid?; what does reconciliation look like?; what does reconciliation cost us and what do we have to let go to achieve it?; and how can we move beyond our past so that we are not defined by it?
His talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
The event is free and open to the public.