peace building

Salma

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In February 2017, I was fortunate to be selected to participate in a training program carried by the Peace Building Institute in Kigali, Rwanda.

I and twenty East-African young participants from Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, DRC, Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda were hosted by Never Again Rwanda for two weeks.

It was my first time to Rwanda, the country of the genocide and victims in my childhood memory. Genocide against the Tutsi is a big dark spot on the face of the international community!

What I learnt from the Peace Building Institute

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This summer I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the Peacebuilding Institute (PBI). Going into it, I did not know much about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the only thing that I could recall learning about the genocide was clear back in Junior High school. We only talked about it briefly before moving onto another topic.

 

What I learnt from PBI

Promoting peace through commemoration

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It has been twenty three years since the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis occurred but too many it seems like yesterday. It required tremendous efforts to restore hope, trust, unity and peace among Rwandans considering the atrocities they witnessed and lived through within one hundred days. At the time those who executed the genocide did not take into consideration the long term effects of their actions which have continued to affect the younger generation today.