French President Emmanuel Macron meets with representatives of Ibuka, a group supporting survivors of the Rwandan genocide, a day after coming under fire for skipping commemorations this weekend. IMAGES
Young Rwandans, born during the 1994 genocide or soon after, speak of how this traumatic period has cast a shadow over their lives, despite the fact that they did not directly experience it. The two-thirds of the population born in the wake of the slaughter face a burden of their own, having grown up in the shadow of unspeakable atrocities, and carrying the weight of expectations of a brighter future.
Reconciliation in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has come about in part due to state policy, but also thanks to the courage of certain individuals who have been able to reach out across divides. Thomas is one such individual, a member of the persecuted Tutsi minority who has worked tirelessly for reconciliation in his village.
At a camp beneath mist-shrouded volcanoes, dozens of men wander around, pondering their future lives. Some of these ex-militiamen took part in the killings during Rwanda’s horrific 1994 genocide against the Tutsi minority. They have now returned to Rwanda after years in exile, and live in a camp in order to become safely reintegrated into society.
For years, the residents of the Giheta and Ruseke lived peacefully, sharing the same water source between the two villages. The horrors of the 1994 genocide changed all that, as Rwanda spiralled into horrific violence. 25 years on, the water source is bringing the once-divided villagers back together – a source of life and of reconciliation.
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French judges have reportedly dropped a 20-year probe into an attack that killed Rwanda’s president and sparked the country’s genocide. RT looked at France’s potential motivations for abruptly ending its two-decade investigation.
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