Exploring the possibilities of forgiveness through real stories.

The Forgiveness Project uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

  • “Choosing the path to stop the cycle of violence is just as difficult as choosing the other path of anger and hatred.” – Elizabeth Turner (England)

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  • “I tried to hide my tears from the other prisoners: they wouldn't have understood why I was crying about the pain of my oppressors.” – Bassam Aramin (Palestine)

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  • “Whether victim or perpetrator, part of being human is rolling up our sleeves and taking an active part in repairing harm.” – Katy Hutchison & Ryan Aldridge (Canada)

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  • “I knew that if I didn’t forgive, anger and bitterness would turn me into a person Charlotte would not have liked.” – Mary Foley (England)

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  • “I've gone from being a victim of crime to being able to see Billy's point of view.” – Matthew James (England)

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  • “I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice.” – Linda Biehl with Easy Nofemela & Ntobeko Peni (South Africa)

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Latest News

NEWS: Witnessing a collective humanity: The Forgiveness Project book launches in New York

The paperback edition of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age was launched at the Barnes and Noble flagship store in New York on 26th April. Taking part in an accompanying Forgiveness Conversation were four people whose stories reflect and underpin the ethos and values of The Forgiveness Project charity. Marina Cantacuzino, founder of […]

EVENT: Healing Rwanda: What place for forgiveness after genocide? – 11 July 2016

On 11 July, in collaboration with The Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace (GHFP), we will be holding our fourth Forgiveness Conversation of 2016 – a preview screening of ‘The Invincible’, a short film by Yves Niyongabo. The film tells the remarkable story of Jean Paul Samputu, a Rwandan musician, and Vincent, Jean Paul’s friend and neighbour […]

GUEST BLOG: RESTORE: Sowing the seeds of change

Angela Findlay is an artist, writer and public speaker with over three decades of experience working in the Criminal Justice System. She recently observed a 3-day RESTORE programme at Parc prison in Wales and has written this blog about her experience and what she witnessed. Former Arts Coordinator to the Koestler Trust, Angela has inspired […]