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Memorialization in Post-Genocide Rwanda

by Gettysburg College

*Remote Engagement -Virtual Calendar

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

12 PM – 1:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Event Title: Memorialization in Post-Genocide Rwanda: How Doing It Well Helps Build Memory and Peace
Organization: Break Term

In the wake of the horrific genocide of 1994, Rwanda has made significant efforts to rebuild the social fabric, and work towards peace. Part of that process has been national decisions on how to memorialize the atrocities. Panelists in this session will discuss how those decisions have helped build a collective memory that has led to a better peace.


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Sunday Justin Nzitatira


Bridge of Hope Rwanda

Nzitatira Sunday Justin came from a poor family to Kigali for higher studies through a Generation Rwanda Scholarship (former orphans of Rwanda) and graduated with the intention in his heart of giving back to the community. He founded the Bridge of Hope Rwanda in 2012 in the village Nyamagabe. The organization focuses its efforts in the Nyamagabe district by executing various developmental programs for women, orphans, street children, adolescent girls, and poor farmers. Bridge of Hope’s ultimate goal is to provide economic empowerment, an essential step to break the rigid cycle of poverty. Artisans at Bridge of Hope create beautiful and traditional Rwandan products include clothing, baskets, purses, and backpacks. In addition this work, Sunday is involved in reconciliation work where he uses music and dance as tools for trauma healing among youth in the community.

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Dr. Eric Ndushabandi


Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace

Dr. Ndushabandi is a lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Rwanda, and serves as Director of the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace, an independent think tank and peacebuilding organization. His PhD research was on the sensitive question of memory policy in Rwanda and he has contributed to the discussion of memory and identity question management in Rwanda.

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