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Rwanda Study Trip

Only two decades ago, Rwanda endured a genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people – followed by local conflict and more violence. Today, Rwanda is recognized for its reconciliation process.

How does a society regain stability and restart development on a background of neighbors killing one another? This study tour examined into the history of the genocide, the reconciliation and the present course of Rwandan development.

Rwandan Genocide Memorial 

The program included visits to sites of the genocide, a seminar at the national genocide memorial in Kigali, meetings with Rwandan writers, civil society activists, international diplomats, an excursion to the border of DR Congo with a special meeting on the unresolved refugee question, a visit to a special pygmee minority location and all through the study tour an ongoing debate about the fate of Rwanda and its genocide – and more. A special session, headed by the Polish writer Konstanty Gebert reflected on the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.

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