Guest blog post by Mireille Ishimwe. A few weeks ago as I was visiting my family during spring break, I learned that according to a census done by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda in 2007, there were around 300,000 Tutsis survivors of the 1994 genocide against […]
I spoke to France 24/Spanish Channel, yesterday. They asked me my views on forgiveness and reconciliation. I have to admit that the duo is certainly NOT my favorite topics to discuss. Next, my favorite topic came up: Justice for the victims. They asked me why i feel strongly […]
At first, many things did not make sense in my 10-year-old mind. I could not understand why we, the Tutsi, were hiding, being murdered in cold blood and our houses being burnt down while our Hutu neighbors were just living a normal life. Going to the market, bars, even celebrating weddings. But I quickly understood one thing: that being a Tutsi, or at least being identified as such, was a terrible crime punishable by horrific death. I also realized that my parents and grandparents were guilty of this crime too – the crime of having been born. A crime against the very who we were-Genocide.
For those in Washington DC area, please join us at George Washington University for a discussion reflecting on the legacy of genocide in the lives of its survivors, 25 years later. I will address the legacy of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi after twenty-five years, the […]
Twenty-five years after the genocide, its effects are shaping a new generation.
What are the effects of being born of rape in the name of genocide? How are mothers who survived this brutal violence in Rwanda dealing with the trauma and complexities of their lives and the long-lasting, multigenerational impact of what was done to them?
Click here to read the entire story and absolutely fascinating pictures by Jonathan Torgovnik as appeared in the New York Times today