#Rwanda

Rwanda Reminds Us That Greatness and Evil Are Enduring Bedfellows

Gillian Walnes | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes

As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the three month Rwandan genocide, we realise that the capacity for greatness in a human being and its polar opposite, the capacity for evil, is something we should never underestimate.

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Rwanda's Memorial 'Re-Enactment' Of Genocide Leaves Spectators Hysterical With Grief

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

Weeping and grimacing, dozens of spectators at the Rwandan genocide memorial in Kigali have had to be carried from the stands as the emotional turmoil...

Investing in Sisterhood - Rwanda's Women Lead the Way 20 Years on From the Genocide

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

In 1994 in the space of 100 days up to one million people were killed in Rwanda, in a calculated act, fueled and perpetrated by Hutu extremists in the then ruling government. It was one of Africa's defining moments, and one of the greatest crimes against humanity of the late 20th century, causing a shock wave across the world that still echoes today.

Rebuilding Post-Genocide Rwanda 20 Years on - One Job at a Time

Pauline Ngari | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Rwanda is in everybody's thoughts this month as we remember the 800,000 people who died in the genocide twenty years ago. As well as the horrific human cost, the genocide also left Rwanda an economic basket case.

Rwanda - 20 Years on From the Genocide We Must Do More to Prevent Conflict

William Hague | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
William Hague

On this day in 1994 the Rwandan genocide was unleashed. Extremist members of Rwanda's Hutu majority set about slaughtering Tutsis and moderate Hutus, irrespective of age or gender. More than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of murder, rape and torture. I am in Rwanda today to commemorate the genocide, pay respect to the victims and honour the ordinary people of Rwanda for their remarkable efforts to rebuild their country after experiencing unimaginable horrors. But today we must not only pause and remember the genocide, its victims and survivors; we must also reflect on the lessons of that experience...

Jessica Elgot

Rwanda's Genocide Survivors Show Their Inspiring, Smiling Portraits

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK

The polaroid of the smiling boy standing with his puffed chest straining his pink and red striped t-shirt is difficult for Cyprien to look at. "Wh...

Living in the Shadow of Genocide

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

We live, 20 years after the murder of an estimated 800,000 people, in the shadow of Rwanda. And this weekend, on the anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, is a good time to contemplate the significance of that shadow.

Rwanda - 20 Years on From the Genocide

Rose Caldwell | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

In the immediate aftermath of the genocide it was hard for me, as a young accountant volunteering with Concern Worldwide in East Africa, to imagine that Rwanda would ever achieve the level of peace, stability and economic recovery that it has today.

Democracy in Rwanda, 20 Years after Genocide

Dr Phil Clark | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Phil Clark

Over the next week, commemorations will be held across the globe to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which between April and July 1994 claimed the lives of around 800,000 Tutsi and their perceived Hutu and Twa sympathisers...

Rebuilding Rwanda, How Women Are Leading the Way

Donatille Mukabalisa | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Donatille Mukabalisa

This last weekend, Rwanda was celebrated across the world on International Women's Day for its achievements in representation of women in public life...

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

My 25-Year Long Mission for Social Justice and Poverty Eradication

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

As the founder of FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, and its FXBVillage programme, my mission was to provide a solution to the key drivers of extreme poverty through a holistic and self-sustaining approach.

Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

Jemma Wayne | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

The time has come for the role of international courts to evolve and take a greater part. Our own governments must facilitate and demand this. And respond to humanitarian need. If the question is 'are we our brother's keeper?' the answer must be a resounding 'yes'.

Jessica Elgot

Most Young People Can't Name A Single Genocide Since The Holocaust

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

More than 80% of young people cannot name a single genocide since the Holocaust, new research has shown. A poll conducted to mark Holocaust Memoria...

Will Declarations Between Kinshasa, M23 Herald Peace for DRC?

Maria Lange | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Maria Lange

The 'declarations', which are separate but contain essentially the same points, were supposed to be signed earlier this month, but this was delayed because of disagreement about the title of the document.

Trading Income for Harassment? The Reality of Women Traders in Africa

Henriette Kolb | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Rising early means beating the unbearable heat that makes her journey on foot with a heavy load of maize on her head even more arduous. It means getting to the border crossing before custom officials - who frequently ask her for a bribe or worse - and securing a place at the market ahead of her competitors.

Series of Photo Stories Make Local Voices Heard on DRC Conflict

Maria Lange | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Maria Lange

Torn apart by 20 years of conflict, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most violence-stricken parts of the world. In a region with colossal economic potential, many armed groups regularly engage in fighting with devastating consequences for the local populations...

A Joint East African Visa May Just Be the Ticket to Kick Start Life-Changing Developments

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Wycliffe Sande

It was announced that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed a joint tourist visa, opening up all three countries to visitors, much like the Schengen visa system in Europe. Sadly the visa does not yet include Tanzania, which means visitors will now have to pay extra for the Tanzanian leg of their East African safari, but hopefully this will change in the due course.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

Voting: A Privilege or a Right?

Anais Mutumba | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anais Mutumba

© Electoral Commission - Victor the Voter With the next general election approaching in 2015, the race is on to see who will next govern the British...

Despite Challenges, UN Security Council Cannot Miss Opportunity to Tackle Sexual Violence in Trip to Central Africa

Camilla Barker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

Sexual violence has been a central feature of the conflicts that have raged through the region for decades. Thousands of men, women and children are affected each year in activities that constitute war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.

Taxing Plastic Bags Is a Step in the Right Direction

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

Just because you can't see those plastic bags hiding in the cupboard under the sink, in a bin or buried in a landfill, it doesn't mean the problem has gone away. No matter how developed your economy and society, plastic is a real cause of concern.

How the Dogmatic Ideology of Forgiveness Can Harm Genocide Survivors

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The virtues of forgiveness in many different contexts of life are manifold and well known. Forgiveness can encourage and enable healing, peaceful relations, improved individual and social welfare, and psychological well being. But forgiveness is a personal choice and it must not be coerced, whether implicitly or explicitly. It is not a panacea.