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Twenty years on: the enduring paradox of Rwanda

7 April 1994 marks the start of the Rwandan genocide. Over a period of just 100 days, more than 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered by their compatriots. Twenty years later, Rwanda remembers the killings, and ponders its future.  continue reading »

Rwanda’s 20 Year Miracle: “We Had Nowhere To Go But Up”

Kigali – Once warring communities now live side by side and the pace of development has been awe-inspiring, argues former UK Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell. “We reached the bottom. We had nowhere to go but up.” These words were spoken by an MP from the Rwandan Parliament during a visit to the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

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20 Years On – Rwanda Uses Genocide Reconciliation to Boost Economic Growth

Kigali. It’s almost 20 years now since Sylidio Gashirabake, a Hutu, was a perpetrator in Rwanda’s genocide. It’s also almost 20 years since his neighbour, Augustin Kabogo, a Tutsi, lost his sister and family in the violence. But today, both men work side-by-side in their joint business venture in Kirehe district in southeastern Rwanda. continue reading »

Moving on from Rwanda’s 100 Days of Genocide

Kigali – Bernard Kayumba, the mayor of Karongi district in western Rwanda, remembers just what it was like to be caught up in the genocide that claimed the lives of almost one million people in 100 days 19 years ago.

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