Truth, Memory and Forgiveness

“As a victim of injustice and oppression, you lose your sense of worth as a person, and your dignity. Restorative justice is focussed on restoring the personhood that is damaged or lost. But restoring that sense of self means restoring memory – a recognition that what happened to you happened. You are not crazy. Something seriously evil happened to you. And the nation believes you. That acknowledgement is crucial if healing is to go on and if the undercurrents of conflict are not to be left simmering.”

Anglican Archbishop Emiritus, Desmond Tutu

"As a victim of injustice and oppression, you lose your sense of worth as a person, and your dignity. Restorative justice is focussed on restoring the personhood that is damaged or lost. But restoring that sense of self means restoring memory - a recognition that what happened to you happened. You are not crazy. Something seriously evil happened to you. And the nation believes you. That acknowledgement is crucial if healing is to go on and if the undercurrents of conflict are not to be left simmering."
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