Photographing the ‘Landscape of Forgiveness’ in Post-Apartheid South Africa

The best-known forgiveness story in post-conflict Africa is rooted in the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which President Nelson Mandela established in 1995 to account for the sins of apartheid. The Western world’s embrace of the commission’s peacetime mission initially prompted Sara Terry to look at other examples of reconciliation in “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons From Africa.” The six-chapter photo book, created over a decade, includes lesser-known community-driven restorative justice projects in Northern Uganda and Sierra Leone, which she observed before traveling to South Africa. Dep Dog Blog SA PhotoCity Hall in East London, Eastern Cape Province.

The room where the first human rights violation hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which took the testimony of victims of the apartheid regime, was held in 1996. Credit Sara Terry/VII

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