This Yale University student and appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council nearly died in a campaign of ethnic killings in her native country of Rwanda. When Wamariya was only six years old, she and her sister were forced to flee genocide after believing their family had been killed. After spending years in African refugee camps trying desperately to stay alive, they made their way to the United States. Wamariya went on to write an essay that won Oprah Winfrey’s Holocaust Essay Contest. She has now lectured all over the world, inspiring countless thousands with her message of peace and hope. How did she do it? She claims her ability to transcend her suffering was all due to the power of forgiveness. Modern science is just catching up to what Wamariya realized through personal experience—forgiveness is good for your health. But aren’t some things simply unforgivable?
Read more about Clemantine Wamariya in the upcoming book Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, due to be published by HarperCollins/HarperWave in June, 2014.