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Gienna Smith Njie: Forgiveness As A Selfish Act

Jeannie Yandel

When Gienna Smith Njie was 16, her stepfather Bob killed her mom Denise during a fight. The murder ripped Gienna's family apart, and pushed Gienna into a decades–long spiral of depression and anger. Then a couple of years ago, Gienna found herself in a room with Bob for the first time since the murder, and what happened in that room changed her life in a way she never could have predicted. Gienna tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel about her life before and after the murder, and how she discovered that forgiveness can be totally selfish — in the best possible way.

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