Forgive them, they do not know what they do. – Luke 23:34
Marguerite (“Maggie”) Barankitse is the founder of Maison Shalom, a complex of schools, hospitals, and a network of care extending throughout Burundi, and has focused on children’s welfare and rights while challenging ethnic discrimination.
“I don’t want to hate. I want to believe in human beings. For me, even criminals, they are still my brothers, and I will continue to show them the light”, says Marguerite Barankitse.
Following this gruesome incident, she started Maison Shalom in eastern Burundi, to save and care for children and refugees. She has saved roughly 30,000 children and in 2008, she opened a hospital which has treated more than 80,000 patients to date.
I want the new generation, Hutu and Tutsi together, who will break this cycle of violence. I will raise them in dignity, and love. When you have conviction, nobody can stop you. I began with few children, 25 children who survived the massacres in the bishops house, and after that I took children during 10 years in the civil war,” she added, recalling some of the earliest violent incidents she witnessed.