Century Marks

Seven times 70: After Angelina Atyam’s daughter was abducted by rebel troops in Uganda, she and the parents of 29 other girls taken from a Catholic boarding school met weekly to pray for the release of their daughters. One day, as a priest led them in the Lord’s Prayer, the parents realized they could not say the words “as we forgive those who sin against us.” They silently filed out of the church, went home and began to examine themselves. By the next meeting a transformation had happened: they prayed to forgive the rebels and they began to share their story of forgiveness with others. Atyam’s daughter was released after seven years and seven months of captivity. In 1998 Atyam won a United Nations prize for human rights for her advocacy on behalf of abducted children (Divinity, Winter).

 

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