Archive for category: Rwanda

Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

Twenty years on, the memory of the 1994 genocide, pervasive across Rwanda’s thousand hills, lingers on well beyond the country’s borders. It extends into the surrounding region where it is remembered as a shocking and unforgettable event.

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

As a contribution to preventing violence on the continent, the participants of the African Alliance for Peace summit formulated the ‘Kigali Declaration’ in order to call on all African countries to invest in educating its people for peace.

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

The Rwandan youth – who represent the majority of the population – are actively involved in preserving peace and prosperity in their nation. Through participating in Never Again Rwanda’s commemoration activities where their voice is heard, appreciated and taken into account, NAR fights to always make never again a reality.

Genocide and justice – where now?

Genocide and justice – where now?

Two decades after the Rwanda genocide, the promised hopes of international accountability for such crimes is in trouble, with a number of ingredients of a crisis that is both legal and political.

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

The concept of ‘Umuganda’ – which means ‘coming together in common purpose’ – is to promote unity and reconciliation in a society that has been devastated by conflict, genocide and poverty.

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

The collective acknowledgement of the past not only clears up misunderstandings, it also liberates us from the tyranny of widespread, existing popular prejudices. In order for reconciliation to take root in political and moral quarrels, there is first a need for truth, then justice and finally forgiveness.

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda is still in need of healing and reconciliation, and the Rwandan youth still need to reflect on lessons learned from the past in order to construct the future they want and deserve.

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

The ‘Peacebuilding after Genocide’ mobile exhibition used story telling and dialogue methodologies to educate people about the 1994 genocide, to examine what causes violence and to send messages of peace and social cohesion. 

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The victims of the Tutsi Genocide – one of the worst incidences of mass killing in the 20th century – are still struggling to receive financial compensation for their physical and material loss 20 years on, raising questions about whether it is even possible to fully compensate these people after […]

Never Again Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda (NAR) is a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, comprised of organizations committed to upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation. 

Rwanda – working for sustainable peace

Rwanda – working for sustainable peace

Rwanda has shown ingenuity in conflict transformation thanks to the policy of National Unity and Reconciliation, as well as to the participatory and innovative justice system known as Gacaca.

Conflict in Rwanda – definitions and drivers

Conflict in Rwanda – definitions and drivers

The sources of conflict in Rwanda – and in Africa’s Great Lakes region, in general – can be divided into three categories: its colonial heritage, chronic bad governance and conflict-generating political systems.

Rwanda’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

Rwanda’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

Rwanda is a prime example of a post-conflict society that is using film, theatre music, and other creative industries in its journey toward reconciliation and rebuilding.

Uganda must stay the course in Somalia

Uganda must stay the course in Somalia

Following a critical UN report alleging that Uganda and Rwanda have been supporting the March 23 Movement (M23) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda has threatened to withdraw its forces from regional peacekeeping engagements; an ill-conceived step which undermines its national interests.

Rwanda and the DR Congo – ending the culture of impunity

Rwanda and the DR Congo – ending the culture of impunity

Tackling the root causes of war between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo requires an end to the culture of impunity, particularly the prosecution of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

Recovery in Rwanda – traditional courts for reconciliation

Recovery in Rwanda – traditional courts for reconciliation

Gacaca Courts – local courts based upon communitarian values – were recovered from previous traditions by the post-genocide government; focusing not necessarily on punishment, but first and foremost on forgiveness and reconciliation.