Irina Krasovskaya

"Forgiveness requires justice. The perpetrators need to be punished, imprisoned and publicly convicted." Read more

Mike Haines

"I have chosen not to hate because for me hate is a guttural knee-jerk reaction out of which nothing positive ever came." Read more

Mwalimu Johnson

"I opt to be part of the solution, part of the healing." Read more

Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi

"Trying to understand why someone has acted in the way they have is part of the process of forgiving." Read more

Fernando and Elizabeth Jimenez

"It was not about forgiving the man, but about forgiving his stupidity." Read more

Linda Biehl and Easy Nofemela

On 25th August 1993, Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar working in South Africa against apartheid, was beaten and stabbed to death in a black township near Cape Town. In 1998 the four youths convicted of her murder were granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) after serving five years of their sentence – a decision that was supported by Amy’s parents. Read more

Liz Brereton

In August 2008 Liz Brereton’s 21-year-old daughter, Ruth, was killed in a car crash travelling back from Portsmouth to her home in Croydon. Two years later the driver of the car received a two year prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for two years. He was released after one year. Read more

Anne Gallagher

Anne Gallagher was a former nurse from the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast. She tended to victims of bombs and bullets on both sides of the sectarian divide, as well as many policemen and soldiers. Having a father and three brothers interned in the early days of The Troubles, she has experienced the pain of having close relatives imprisoned and killed. Read more

Andrew Rice

On September 11 2001, investment banker David Rice was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed. Since then, his younger brother, Andrew Rice, has dedicated himself to trying to understand the underlying causes of violence. Read more

Pardeep Kaleka

In August 2012, Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was the worst race-based attack in the U.S. since the KKK bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. In the wake of his father’s murder in the attack, Pardeep Kaleka has become a powerful voice against hate crime and violence. Read more