The conflict resolution field includes work on apology, on reconciliation, on building societies following violent civil strife.  This article in the New York Times Magazine, examines the faces and listens to the voices of people in Rwanda, twenty years after the country’s genocide, a small collection of those commissioned by Creative Court, an arts organization based in the Hague. The Court’s director, Pieter Hugo, has this to say:

“These people can’t go anywhere else — they have to make peace…..Forgiveness is not born out of some airy-fairy sense of benevolence. It’s more out of a survival instinct.”

And, yet, from the Times’ essay: “…the practical necessity of reconciliation does not detract from the emotional strength required of these Rwandans to forge it — or to be photographed, for that matter, side by side.”