In the last ten years of the 20th century, the world was twice confronted with unbelievable news from Africa. First, there was the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Who would have thought that such a change would be possible without bloodshed? But the miracle happened, due to responsible political and Church leaders and as a result of the unique processes organized through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The second unbelievable experience from Africa was of a rather different and awfully shocking nature: the mass killings in Rwanda. This event soon developed into a real genocide and created a wave of horror around the world. There, political and Church leaders had been unable to prevent this crime against humanity.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"In the present volume, the question is raised: can we compare the situation in South Africa with that in Rwanda? Can Rwandan leaders draw lessons from the peace process in South Africa? For in this landlocked country, reconciliation still has to start. These are some of the daring questions that the author has put to himself in long years of intensive research. He came to remarkable conclusions. Although this book is a scientific work (the Audrey Richards Prize for the best research on Africa  was attributed to it by the African Studies Association of the UK), the story is written in such a way that you will find it difficult to put it down before the last page is turned." Dr. Jan van Butselaar, former General Secretary of the Netherlands Missionary Council "This work has provided us with a deep insight into the post-conflict attempts to bring lasting peace to Rwanda. The author has shown tremendous ingenuity in utilizing a multidimensional approach to this important study. This book is a must for any group or individuals interested in learning from the experiences of attempts to construct sustainable peace in this part of Africa." Professor Alfred Babatunde Zack-Williams, University of Central Lancashire "Cyuma was present in Rwanda before and during the genocide and could see its ghastly events unfolding in response to the invasion of the north by the RPA. The conflict was quite different from the chronic racial one in South Africa, so to combine the two and compare the resolution techniques used in both places is masterly. Cyuma was the first ever African co-winner of the Audrey Richards Prize for the best thesis on Africa submitted in the UK." Dr Ben Knighton, Research Tutor Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Samuel Cyuma is of Rwandan origin. He studied theology at the Butare Theological College before becoming pastor in the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda and tutor at Pastoral Institute of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. For advanced studies, he went to the University of Kinshasa (Zaire), and to New College, University of Edinburgh (Scotland). The research for his doctoral thesis was realized at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is presently a pastor of the United Reformed Church in England.