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 […]
1994-2018! Can you believe it's 26 years already? Yes, 26 years have now passed since the start of Genocide against the Tutsi in which an estimated one million women, men, and children were brutally massacred. Of them were both my parents, three sisters and countless members of my extended family. I survived. Like most of you readers, i ask myself what to do with this bonus gift of life? Well, that is a question!
In an attempt to add some meaning to my survival, I created this blog 6 years ago to serve as a space for reflection on justice and memory after this tragedy.
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
“No other country today has so many perpetrators of mass atrocities living in such proximity to their victims’ families”. Read the entire article as it appeared in the Ecomimist today, to understand the twists and turns of Rwanda’s post-genocide dilemma and the unique ordeal genocide survivors have to face on daily basis.
A Baby Step In The Right Direction: US Senate’s Resolution Observing the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
The Democratic Senator of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, today introduced a Resolution marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which cost the lives of over one million people. “This April we join with the people of Rwanda and the global community to solemnly commemorate the 25th Anniversary […]