“…one of the main aims of the gacaca was to achieve truth, justice and reconciliation among Rwandans. Gacaca means to sit down and discuss an issue. The hearings gave communities a chance to face the accused and give evidence about what really happened and how it happened. …many people in Rwanda say this process [has] helped to mend the wounds of the past.” (src)
Where were you in April 1994? Did you know about the genocide in Rwanda? 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. How is that even possible?
It seems like it only entered mainstream consciousness in 2004 when Don Cheadle starred in Hotel Rwanda.
In April 2014, we will be twenty years on from the Rwanda genocide and it begs the question: what can we learn from it?
After the shattering of previously held illusions of safety, with layers of agonizing heartbreak and deep, deep betrayal: How does a country move forward after the entire world looked away?
How do individuals go on with life when their neighbor is the one that killed their family?
After the genocide, an entire country had to wrestle with the questions: What now? How do we live together? And… can we forgive?
April 1, we will begin our six-event commemorative film series with Rwanda. The film, My Neighbor, My Killer, tells the story of what Rwanda and its people chose to do to try to come to terms with the genocide, and the role played by the Gacaca Tribunals.
Only by learning from the past can we move differently into the future. Please join us.
The events are free, but space is limited. Make sure to RSVP at the link below.
For info on all six events, film trailers, and to RSVP, see: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future.
Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.