The camps of justice

We traveled to the community work camps of Rwanda, these camps are homes of the genocide criminals who were forgiven through Gachacha. Gachacha was a program introduced after the genocide so they could begin creating peace and repairing damages that were done. Perpetrators could confess what they have done and ask for forgiveness and in return they would have a shorter sentence but a harder work burden. Though, all their work would be related to helping the people and land they had destroyed. One main difference in this society compared to one we would normally think of is this idea of forgiveness in prisons. The Rwandans still continue to thrive and practice this today. When we arrived we were able to talk to them like people, no bars or walls, just themselves. Questions and concerns about our society was also brought up, mainly about how our society judges criminals. Even though their crimes were terrible along with others throughout the world we fight aggression with aggression and there is a time where you ask why. The only way to answer this is to say because people are scared, and they are angry and the ones who had made mistakes, which isn't wrong entirely. But there should maybe come a time where people ask now is it even worth more war and pain? Further into our visit they did a thank you performance for us in which even the correctional officer/warden danced with them. This was interesting to see because whether its police brutality or just police treating criminals with lack of respect.  We then followed up with our performance which was greatly appreciated, we carried through the rain. Once we were ready to leave the ground was to wet to drive up the mountain we struggled and then all of a sudden all the prisoners came out with shovels they all worked to help us out of the mud then then all got together, the townspeople and the prisoners to push our bus all the way up the mountain. This moment seemed like one out of a movie.