My son is a hero

Type: Published: March 16, 2023


Valens Nsanzineza’s story is an inspiration to many young people. As the descendent of a perpetrator of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, he used to live in constant shame, guilt, rejection, and trauma because of his father’s crimes. He found healing and solace after voluntarily joining a community-based sociotherapy healing space created by Interpeace in Bugesera District, eastern Rwanda. As a result, he regained his inner peace and confidence. The healing dialogues have encouraged him to take the bold initiative to reconcile his family and the families his father wronged.