Desmond Tutu

"If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator." Read more

Michael Lapsley

"To become a victor is to move from being an object of history to become a subject once more." Read more

Eva Kor

"I believe with every fibre of my being that every human being has the right to live without the pain of the past." Read more

Stacy Bannerman

In 2009 Stacy Bannerman’s husband, Lorin, returned from the Iraq war with severe PTSD. His bizarre and violent behaviour eventually destroyed their marriage. Following a journey of personal forgiveness, Stacy started to explore the idea of national healing. Read more

Bud Welch

In April 1995 Bud Welch’s 23-year-old daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City along with 167 others. In the months after her death, Bud changed from supporting the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to taking a public stand against it. Read more

Richard McCann

In 1975, one week before his sixth birthday, Richard McCann’s mother became the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. As a result Richard’s life went into a downward spiral and it wasn’t until many years later that he was able to use his experience to create a lasting and positive change. Read more

Susan Waters

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents both dead, she waived her right to anonymity. Read more

Khaled al-Berry

As a teenager Khaled al-Berry belonged to the radical Egyptian Islamist group, el-Gama’a al-Islamiya. Read more

Tony McAleer

A former organiser for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter. It was love for his children that finally led Tony on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Read more

Marian Partington

In 1973 Marian Partington’s younger sister, Lucy, disappeared from a Gloucester bus stop after visiting a friend. Twenty years later, the gruesome discoveries at 25 Cromwell Street revealed that Lucy Partington had been a victim of serial-killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Read more