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After the Genocide in Rwanda-Testimonies of violence, change and reconciliation.

This book gathers previously unpublished testimonies from individuals who lived through the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Their stories do not simply paint a picture of lives left destroyed and damaged; they also demonstrate healing relationships, personal growth, forgiveness and reconciliation. Through the lens of positive psychology, the book presents a range of perspectives on what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and shows how people have been changed by their experience of genocide.

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Kwibuka 25: the Genocide through the eyes of a 12-year-old

In the launching of his book, ‘Moi, le dernier Tutsi’ (Me, the Last Tutsi), Habonimana mentioned that he wanted to release his story for future generations to keep the memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. In his book, he describes how he witnessed killings targeting Tutsi families in his home village of Mayunzwe in Southern Rwanda.

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Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda

This book examines the project undertaken by the post-genocide government to shape the collective memory of the Rwandan population, both through political and judicial reforms but also in public commemorations and memorials. Drawing on over two decades of field research in Rwanda, the author uses surveys and comparative local case studies to explore Rwanda’s response both at a governmental and local level.

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God sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of transformation

Poetic and deeply moving, “God Sleeps in Rwanda “shows us how the lessons of Rwanda can prevent future tragedies from happening all over the world. Readers will be inspired by the eloquence and wisdom of a man who has every right to be bitter and hateful but chooses instead to live a life of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

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Kwibuka25: Rwanda urges international community to stand up for truth, justice

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Richard Sezibera addressed to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Rwanda during a session of reflection: We have sought the support of some of your countries to open your archives related to the Genocide with the goal of owning our history and preserving the memory, which are two important components of our healing, unity and reconciliation.

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Genocide survivor on writing her story to heal and help Rwandans heal

During the first week of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Celine Uwineza will launch her book that chronicles her survival of the genocide, her healing journey from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), her path to entrepreneurship and hope for a bright future. It is also about raising awareness of the various mental and emotional health challenges that people go through and to show them there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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“We are the memory representation of our parents”: Intergenerational legacies of genocide among descendants of rape survivors in Rwanda.

The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda subjected thousands of women to rape as part of a range of other genocidal atrocities. This article explores what it means in everyday life to be a descendant of such mothers. A qualitative study was conducted in eastern Rwanda where twelve respondents, all descendants of genocide-rape survivor mothers, participated in focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews.

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Is it always good to talk? The paradoxes of truth-telling by Rwandans youth born of rape committed during the genocide

This article addresses the effects of open dialogue and truth-telling versus silence in global post-conflict endeavors for justice and reconciliation by endorsing practices of either talk or silence, and also by investigating the practical dilemmas faced by Rwandan youth born of rape committed during the 1994 genocide as they find themselves caught in dual cultural imperatives to reveal and to conceal the circumstances of their origins.

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A history of Rwandan Identity and Trauma: The Mythmaker’s victim

While some agree with the current government’s view of history, others greatly disagree, citing that ethnic identities were crafted long before colonial rule. Fegley attempts to add to the scholarly literature by examining the aggregate Rwandan history to address the formation of ethnic identities. Additionally, the author examines how current Rwanda understands its history in terms of national unity and justice after the 1994 genocide.

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General Assembly Designates 7 April International Day of Reflection on 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, Amending Title of Annual Observance

The General Assembly adopted a decision designating 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, recalling also that Hutu and others who opposed it were killed. Introducing the decision, Valentine Rugwabiza (Rwanda) said it sought to correct inaccuracies in the Assembly’s 2003 resolution establishing the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, particularly its title and operative paragraph one.

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Root causes of Genocide

This is a documentary on the root causes of genocide, division and dehumanisation. The interviewees share with us what happened before the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi; the beliefs brought in by Belgiums on the origin of Hutus, Tutsi and Twa, other massacres that targeted the Tutsis in prior years, how they fled the country, lived as refugees in neighbouring countries and their plight in 1994.

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Rwanda marks 24 years after genocide

• The President, speaking at the 24th commemoration at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on April 7, said that though Rwanda has largely left behind its difficult past, there was need to keep remembering the massacre to ensure that the “truth is not rewritten”.

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Remembering victims of genocide is to recommit to never again

To remember isn’t only to honour the memory of victims who died at the hands of evil men and women or is it only to reaffirm their humanity. It’s also to recommit to the spirit of never again genocide. This also means committing to fight and uproot the ideology of genocide along with it its denials while rendering an uplifting hand to survivors.

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