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Gahiji was the elder of a village in Rwanda, considered by his neighbors as a holy man.


Gahiji grew up and became the elder of his village in Rwanda, being a very respected figure by all of his neighbors, both Hutu and Tutsi, and helped all of them through all problems they had faced, such as famines and disease.

Gahiji befriended Father Lantom, an American missionary who had traveled to the country to help local churches provide sanctuary to refugees, and together they managed to help refugees as best as they could. During Lantom's stay in the country, Hutu militias forced villagers to brutally murder their Tutsi neighbors with machetes, but no villager ever raised a hand against Gahiji, considering him a holy man.

The leader of one of the many militias sent soldiers in order to kill Gahiji and cutting his head off in front of the entire village. Gahiji did not resist, and only asked for a chance to say goodbye to his family. Once he ended, even the soldiers were reluctant to kill Gahiji, and asked their commander for permission to shoot him and give him a quick death.

The commander, intrigued, wanted to meet Gahiji, out of curiosity for meeting a man who had won the respect of so many. Gahiji and the commander talked for many hours. However, when they were finished, the commander dragged Gahiji outside and hacked him and his entire family to pieces in front of his village and Lantom, who believed he saw the Devil himself in that man who killed Gahiji.[1]