In our September issue, we take a look at what can happen when perpetrator and survivor meet face to face.

‘Could you forgive the Man Who Murdered Your Family?’ written by Susan Dominus and photographed by acclaimed South African photographer Pieter Hugo highlights the tough issue of reconciliation in a country that was torn apart by genocide back in 1994. Touching photos of perpetrators and survivors interacting with one another are shown – through forgiving each other, they have been able to form tentative bonds of understanding and even mutual support.

Here are Hugo’s words on the project:

‘These people can’t go anywhere else – they have to make peace. Forgiveness is not born out of some sense of benevolence. It’s more a survival instinct.’

View more of the images from the photo series here:

Rwanda Reconciliation Pieter Hugo

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