Stories | Questions | How can large-scale injustices be forgiven?

Retribution and humiliation are a normal response to harm or injustice. However, when victims and survivors realise that violence only creates further violence, or that all sides in the conflict have suffered, forgiveness may be the only thing left to break the cycle of destruction.

In some cases, victims may even choose to forgive in order to spare others, including the next generation, the pain and losses they personally suffered.

Stacy Bannerman

"I knew that I could have been them, and they me and there was nothing left to forgive."

Chen Alon

"Telling my story is not about asking for forgiveness but about taking responsibility."

Mary Blewitt

"If there are hundreds who have hurt you, how can you forgive?"

Norman Kember

"I have never felt any animosity towards my captors and have always found it far harder to forgive Blair and Bush because they had been warned of the consequences of a war on Iraq and have never repented."

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